Keckiella cordifolia

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Keckiella cordifolia
Keckiella cordifolia
Keckiella cordifolia

Species Name: Keckiella cordifolia
Common Name: Heart-leaved Penstemon

Native to the Verdugo Mountains. Rich dark green leaves with beautiful red blooms. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Best if planted among evergreen shrubs to hide unsightly summer dormancy.

Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Rounded, shrub-like spreads by roots
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Red-orange
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Southern Outer South Coast Ranges, southwestern CA, Northern Baja CA.
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, forest below 4000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A sprawling shrub or climber, reaching a height of 6 to 8 feet. Often found clambering over other shrubs or trailing over banks. Leaves heart-shaped, glossy green resembling those of the garden fuchsia. Flowers large, brilliant orange scarlet. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.