PENSTEMON eatonii (Eaton's Penstemon) is a species of flowering plant in the family Plantaginaceae. It is native to western North America, specifically found in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. This species is commonly found in dry, rocky slopes, canyons, and open woodlands. It thrives in well-drained soils and is often seen in arid and desert regions.
Eaton's Penstemon is a perennial herbaceous plant that typically grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm). It has lance-shaped, deep green leaves and produces erect flower spikes. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Regular watering is necessary during the establishment period, but once established, it can tolerate drier conditions.
The flowers of Penstemon eatonii are tubular in shape and vary in color from deep red to scarlet. They are approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and have a white or yellow throat. The blooms are arranged densely along the flower spike, creating an attractive display. Eaton's Penstemon typically blooms from late spring to early summer, although the exact timing may vary depending on the growing conditions and geographic location.
Eaton's Penstemon is known to be a valuable plant for pollinators, attracting hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies with its nectar-rich flowers. It plays a role in the pollination of other plants and contributes to the overall biodiversity of its habitat.
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Scientific Name: Penstemon Eatonii
Common Name: Eaton’s Penstemon
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: United States, California, Rocky Mountains, Utah, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona
Height: 12 to 36 "
Spread: 12 to 36 "
Habitat: Deserts, Woodland, Forest, Open Plateau
Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Sun
Blooming Season: Spring (Late), Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Resistant: Drought, Deer
Flower Shape: Tubular
Flower Color: Red
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Beds and Borders, Gravel and Rock gardens, Informal and Cottage