Keckiella cordifolia (Benth.) Straw
Heartleaf keckiella, Heart-leaf bush-beardtongue, Climbing penstemon, Heartleaf penstemon
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Penstemon cordifolius
USDA Symbol: keco
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Native Distribution: San Luis Obispo Co., s. through cismontane CA
Native Habitat: Dry, brushy slopes & canyons below 4000 ft.
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
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Keckiella cordifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Keckiella cordifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-04-08
Research By: TWC Staff