Penstemon centranthifolius

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Penstemon centranthifolius
Penstemon centranthifolius

Species Name: Penstemon centranthifolius
Common Name: Scarlet Bugler

Stunning penstemon with scarlet blooms for the garden. Give little supplemenal water for year after year spring blooms. Highly recommended combined with Penstemon spectabilis and Conejo Buckwheat.

Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-2' H x 1' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Red
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Central and Southwestern California
Natural Habitat: Dry, open or wooded places, generally in chaparral or oak woodland

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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 very attractive plant growing to a height of 2 to 4 feet with glaucous foliage and bright vermillion flowers in narrow racemes 1 to 2 feet long. Very showy and blooms over a long period. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.