Firecracker Penstemon Penstemon eatonii
A robust perennial that grows to 3 feet tall, with shiny, broad evergreen leaves and handsome one-sided spikes of tubular red flowers that attract hummingbirds. Native throughout Utah, from desert fringes to subalpine meadows. Very drought tolerant, often growing on roadcuts. Requires full sun, good drainage, minimal or no watering, and no fertilizer. Plants produce up to seventy flowering stalks in a season. Plant in late fall for spring emergence or stratify for 4 weeks for spring planting.
Begins flowering in the second growing season.