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PlantFiles: Firecracker Penstemon
Penstemon eatonii 'Richfield Selection'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: eatonii (ee-TON-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Richfield Selection

Synonym:Penstemon eatonii var. undosus

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral ladyannne On Oct 22, 2004, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Lovely, never fails, but invasive! Rip, rip, rip.

Positive wnstarr On Jan 6, 2004, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Edgewood, Washington
Great perennial, faithfully blooms each summer. The red tubular blooms run up the full length of the stem. Will repeat bloom if you cut the spent bloom. The color is very bright red and is a real eye stopper. Have it planted in a raised bed in somewhat heavy soil, but the plant prefers a well drained soil. This is one plant that will tolerate and enjoy going without frequent watering. Plant has multiplied into a nice clump. Will self seed if you forget to deadhead. Butterflies and hummingbirds love the flowers.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Maricopa, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona (2 reports)
Merced, California
Montrose, Colorado
Hebron, Kentucky
New Milford, New Jersey
Roswell, New Mexico
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Riverton, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

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