A reliable performer even in tough, rocky, dry situations. It flowers for an extended period and attracts hummingbirds in droves. Plant in groups for the best effect. A couple of summer waterings will help it stay evergreen in late summer. Unlike most desert natives this will tolerate some shade.
Attracts hummingbirds for weeks while it blooms
An important nectar source for native bees
Long blooming with powerfully bright color
Thrives in the worst dry soil conditions
A must for xeriscape and native gardens
Drought tolerant once established
Native to mesas, fields, roadsides, dry, rocky slopes at lower elevations.
After mating, the male hummingbirds takes no more part in family life. The female alone builds the nest, incubates the tiny eggs, and feeds the young. Considering the amount of energy needed to care for herself it's amazing she is able to raise young sucessfully.
Penstemon eatonii needs good drainage and some water in spring and fall; giving the plant a couple of summer waterings will help it stay evergreen in late summer.