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Firecracker Penstemon

Firecracker Penstemon

Regular price $21.50 USD
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Plant Type: perennial
Plant Height: 2-4 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Flower Color: bright red or orange-red
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


Firecracker Penstemon, scientifically known as Penstemon eatonii, is a striking perennial native to the southwestern United States. This species is celebrated for its vivid red or orange-red tubular flowers that resemble firecrackers, making it a standout in any garden setting. Blooming from late winter to early spring, Firecracker Penstemon provides early color when many other plants are just beginning to emerge, attracting hummingbirds and other pollinators with its nectar-rich blooms.

Growing to about 2 to 4 feet tall and spreading 1 to 2 feet wide, Firecracker Penstemon forms an upright clump of lance-shaped, green leaves. Its bright, tubular flowers are borne on tall stalks and create a dramatic visual impact, especially when planted in groups or massed in borders.

Adapted to full sun, Firecracker Penstemon thrives in well-draining soil and is notably drought-tolerant once established, making it an excellent choice for xeriscapes, rock gardens, and native plant gardens. It prefers sandy or gravelly soils and does not tolerate wet or poorly drained conditions well.

In landscaping, Firecracker Penstemon is often used for its ornamental appeal and ability to attract wildlife. It serves as an attractive addition to mixed borders, naturalized areas, and water-wise gardens. Its resistance to deer and other pests, along with its low maintenance requirements, further enhances its value in the landscape.

Overall, Firecracker Penstemon is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant perennial that adds vibrant color and ecological benefits to sunny garden areas. Its adaptability to harsh growing conditions and long blooming season make it a popular choice for gardeners looking to create impactful and sustainable landscapes in arid and semi-arid regions.

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