Pass by any landscape that has firecracker penstemon (Penstemon eatonii) and you can’t help but be drawn in by its vibrant orange-red blooms. Native to arid regions of the American Southwest, this beautiful, low-maintenance perennial brings a welcome splash of color to brighten a winter landscape, continuing into spring.
Botanical name: Penstemon eatonii
Common name: Firecracker penstemon
Origin: Native to arid regions of the American Southwest
USDA zones: 5 to 9 (find your zone)
Water requirement: Low
Light requirement: Full sun
Mature size: 1 to 2 feet wide and 2 feet tall when in flower
Benefits and tolerances: Drought tolerant but does best with supplemental watering; attracts hummingbirds
Seasonal interest: Orange-red flowers appear in winter and continue through late spring; in cooler climates it will bloom during the summer.
When to plant: Plant seeds or container plants in fall.
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