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Keckiella cordifolia (Benth.) Straw
Heartleaf keckiella, Heart-leaf bush-beardtongue, Climbing penstemon, Heartleaf penstemon
Synonyms: Penstemon cordifolius
USDA Symbol: keco
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Heart-leaf bush-beardtongue or climbing penstemon is a sprawling perennial that is evergreen in mild, wetter years or deciduous in less mild or drought conditions. The plant is vine-like, crawling through chaparral shrubs. Leaves are bright green and the tubular flowers are a showy red-orange.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Arrangement: Opposite Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
CA Native Distribution:
San Luis Obispo Co., s. through cismontane CA Native Habitat:
Dry, brushy slopes & canyons below 4000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: This species is drought tolerant and deer proof. Shrubby keckiellas tend to become straggly and may require drastic pruning.
PropagationDescription: Propagate using half-woody cuttings, layering or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-04-08
Research By: TWC Staff