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This perennial's striking feature is its scarlet flowers. Five to ten long, narrow, tubular blossoms top each of the numerous 2 ft. high stems.
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Dry, gravelly soils
Gravel or nothing
Herbaceous Plant, Perennial
Southwest CO & UT to central AZ southwest CA
Western state native:
The leaves, found mostly in the basal rosette, are lance-shaped to oval, untoothed, and up to 9 centimeters in length.
Predominant flower color:
Five to ten long, narrow, red tubular blossoms top each of the numerous tall stems.
Fall Color Description:
Winter Interest Description:
It is native to the western United States from California to the Rocky Mountains, where it grows in many types of desert, woodland, forest, and open plateau habitat. In California it is found primarily in high desert areas.
Used by Wildlife:
Hummingbirds love the flowers. Species in the Penstemon genus are host plants to several butterfly species including the Arachne Checkerspot, Chalcedon Checkerspot, and Common Buckeye. Penstemons are considered desirable forages for deer, antelope, and b
To extend the lifespan of the plant, deadhead the flower spikes when flowering is done. But be sure to leave some seeds to ripen on the plant.(https://www.highcountrygardens.com/perennial-plants/penstemon/penstemon-eatonii) or clip back stalks after final
Leave some stems for frost protection and mulch with straw in winter, if necessary.
Long Term Care:
Disease problems are minimal except under irrigation. Under irrigation, fusarium wilt can be a problem.
Penstemon are low maintenance. The main requirement for success is that they need to be planted in well-drained soil-they do not like to have wet feet or crowns. They do best in lean soil without any additional amendments.
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
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