General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees

Common names
  • Firecracker Penstemon
  • Eaton's Penstemon
  • Beard Tongue
  • Pride of the Mountain
  • Penstemon

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Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2010-05-01
Location: Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Arizona
Date: 2016-01-03
Location: Thompson Springs Utah
Date: 2018-06-17
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2017-06-13
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2011-05-14
Location: Moab Utah 
Date: 2018-06-17
Location: My Garden
Date: 2014-07-13
Growing into Clematis versicolor
Location: Tucson, AZ
Date: Spring 2019
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2018-03-22
First of the season.
Location: My yard in SE Nebraska
Date: May 10, 2011 8:10 PM
Location: Native Plants Demonstration Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2017-06-07
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2018-02-19
Fall planted (2017) purchase from Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2018-02-19

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2017-06-13

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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  • Posted by bennysplace (Castle Rock, CO - Zone 5a) on Aug 14, 2022 2:47 PM concerning plant:
    This is rapidly becoming my most favorite plant in the garden. Attributes that I love:

    Long blooming
    No supplemental water needed after second season (it will share its resentment of being watered too much by flopping over)
    Hummingbirds flock to this plant favoring it over feeders
    Will take the brunt of the hot summer sun

    I wanted to share how I grow these. I created several penstemon beds where the medium is a gravely red breeze. That's it. No soil mixes, no nutrients, nothing. I kept them well watered the first two seasons and now they thrive without any help from me. The more you ignore them, the more they like it seems.

    I tend to leave the seed heads in place. If you do that, you will be rewarded by many more plants. Oh! And, I have found that they truly are not picky about where they grow. I have a large specimen that started as a volunteer growing in a mass of river pebbles. The only water it has ever received is what falls out of the sky.

    I truly feel that penstemons belong in all gardens.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 30, 2013 12:49 AM concerning plant:
    "Penstemon eatonii is a species of penstemon known by the common name firecracker penstemon. It is native to the western United States from California to the Rocky Mountains, where it grows in many types of desert, woodland, forest, and open plateau habitat. It is a perennial herb producing several sprawling to erect stems reaching one meter in maximum height. The leaves are lance-shaped to oval, untoothed, and up to 9 centimeters in length. The inflorescence produces showy tubular flowers in shades of bright red, sometimes exceeding 3 centimeters in length. The flower is narrow and cylindrical, not spreading much at the mouth."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:
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piksihk On April 2, 2017 Seeds sown
piksihk On June 21, 2014 Seeds sown
droughttolerant On February 8, 2015 Bloomed
MrsBinWY On January 5, 2019 Seeds sown
WS eight (8x5) 2.25" pots, seeds from 2017G.
MrsBinWY On November 25, 2017 Seeds sown
Experiment: Eight (8) 2.25" pots in garden hoop, seeds from 2017G
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variegatagal On March 8, 2021 Maintenance performed
variegatagal On September 21, 2020 Transplanted
variegatagal On September 14, 2020 Obtained plant
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