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Firecracker Penstemon, Eaton's Firecracker

Penstemon eatonii

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Hummingbirds
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
2' × 1'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season February-June
Flower Color Coral red
Minimum Temperature Range -20 °F
Leaf Description Leaves triangular, clustered at the base of the plant
Fruit Chambered capsule
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Elevation Range 2000-7500 ft.
Ethnobotany Used for spider bites, as a fumigant, an emetic to cause vomiting, for stomach troubles, as a hemostatic, for backache, applied to snakebites, given to livestock for colic, for washing and healing burns, for ceremonial use, and the flowering period at Hopi indicates when watermelon planting is over.
Description An extremely showy, bright red native penstemon which can be cultivated in gardens across the state, this plant is as comfortable in Tucson as it is in Flagstaff. Could also probably be grown in Phoenix and Yuma with light, dappled shade and summertime watering. This is also a relatively long-lived penstemon which blooms prolifically each spring. Consider planting around the base of a palo verde (Parkinsonia spp.) where the bright red flowers will contrast with the green/blue bark of the tree. A good addition to a mixed garden of native perennial bloomers and/or pollinator attractors.