Penstemon eatonii – Firecracker Penstemon
Scientific Name: Penstemon eatonii
Common Names: Firecracker Penstemon, Eaton's Firecracker, Eaton's Penstemon
Growth Habit: Herb/Forb
Arizona Native Status: Native
Habitat: Desert, Upland, Mountain
Flower Color: Red
Flowering Season: Spring, Summer
Height: To 40 inches (100 cm) tall
Description: The hairless, 1 inch (2.5 cm) long flowers are narrowly tubular and have 5 barely spreading, rounded lobes and stamens that project beyond the corolla. The showy flowers are clustered along tall flower stalks. The leaves are green, leathery, opposite, and ovate at the plant base to lanceolate higher up on the plant.
The similar Hackberry Beardtongue (Penstemon subulatus) has non-projecting stamens, narrower leaves and flowers, and more spreading flower lobes.
Both the plants and seeds are commercially available. These attractive, easy to grow plants are popular for both xeriscape gardens and native landscaping.
Hummingbird Flower – The nectar-filled flowers attract hummingbirds.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family: Scrophulariaceae – Figwort family
Genus: Penstemon Schmidel – beardtongue
Species: Penstemon eatonii A. Gray – firecracker penstemon
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