Penstemon eatonii

Firecracker penstemon

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 0.5' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



Firecracker penstemon is found in a variety of settings in the Southwest. In California it grows in the mountains of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. The light green leaves are lance shaped and primarily basal, that is they occur at the base of the plant. In spring several flower stems rise up with clasping leaves and numerous red tubular flowers. Red is fairly rare among our native flowers, and the glowing red of firecracker penstemon’s flowers is rarer still. Repeated flowering may be encouraged by removing spent flower stocks. Like all penstemons, provide this little perennial with well-draining soil and occasional summer water for best results.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen