Penstemon centranthifolius with Costa's Hummingbird looking over old flowers
Common Name Scarlet bugler
Latin Name Penstemon centranthifolius
Native Habitat Sage brush, pinon pine, yellow pine forests between 2,000 feet and 6,500 feet in San Bernardino Mountains to Mojave Desert
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width Maximum 2 feet 4 feet, usually 1 foot X 2 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Evergreen rosette, silver
Garden Suitability Thornless, Hummingbird, Mountain, Butterfly, Fire Retardant
Ornamental Value Showy red flowers in spring
Nature Value Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds use flowers
Native American Uses None known
Links  
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/78549/index.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/scarletbugler.html
    Images and data http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~awolfe/Penstemon/spp/Pcentranthifolius.html
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon_centranthifolius
    Nursery, images and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/462.htm
    Nursery, images and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Penstemon+centranthifolius
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PECE2
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