firecrackers for hummers

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firecracker penstemon
PENSTEMON eatonii
SCROPHULARIACEAE

  • PLANTS 1' TALL, usually growing slightly wider, FLOWERS SPIKES TO 3'

  • PERENNIAL

  • regular to moderate water (low to terrace zones)

  • FULL SUN TO PART SHADE

  • HARDY TO ABOUT MID -20º F

  • One of the longest blooming penstemons, can bloom feb through august. 

  • NECTAR PLANT FOR hummingbirds, BUTTERFLIES, AND INSECTS

One of the longest-blooming of its genus, firecracker penstemon (Penstemon eatonii) can send up its brilliant, rich red spikes from February to August. With penstemons, we suggest you plant as many species as possible so as to extend and differentiate your blooming season--different penstemons bloom at different times, with slightly different colors. It is important to keep your hummers happy throughout the season is important (yes, you probably already know this is a hummingbird magnet). 

Plants are usually compact, staying at about a foot high before blooming, and just slightly wider (happy specimens have been seen at up to 3 feet wide). During flowering, their height will climb to 3 feet tall. 

All penstemons love well-drained soil. Full to part sun is best. 

Plants are important nectar-producing plants for all sorts of critters. Penstemons have been demonstrably important to native bees. 

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Katherine Gierlach