Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain

Richfield Strain Firecracker Beardtongue

 
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24-36" tall x 15" wide. The Richfield form of Eaton's Beardtongue was selected for its overall vigor and flower production. It blooms in early to mid-spring blooming with tall spikes of brilliant red flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Mid spring
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SKU 75735R

Details

24-36" tall x 15" wide. Firecracker Beardtongue was released by the Soil Conservation Service's Plant Materials Center in Aberdeen, ID. Seeds of this species were collected from 15 different locations in UT. Plants from each seed location were evaluated in side-by-side field trials for beauty, hardiness, longevity and natural range of adaptability. 'Richfield Selection' from Sevier Co., UT was judged superior. Plant this beauty in full sun sites with lean, well drained soil. Water deeply but infrequently after the first growing season. Excellent companion plants include Nepeta faassenii 'Select Blue' and Stanleya pinnata. (seed propagated)
Associated SKUs
75735
75735R (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
HBLSR41 (Plant - 3.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
75735P (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Richfield Strain Firecracker Beardtongue
Botanical Name Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 24-36" tall
Mature Spread 15" wide
Bloom Time Mid spring
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Native
Additional Information 3.5" pot size grown by our friends at Perennial Favorites in Layton, UT
Ideal Region Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Hot Desert
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for growing Penstemon (Beardtongue)

Penstemon are generally evergreen and have beautiful flowers that are very attractive to hummingbirds. Most varieties are rabbit resistant.

  1. They need “elbow room,” maximum sun, heat and don’t like to be crowded by other plants.
  2. Plant only in well-drained soils; clay soils and Penstemon are incompatible.
  3. Avoid overly enriched soils; too much compost and fertilizer will shorten their lifespan.
  4. They establish quickly and the amount and frequency of watering needs to be reduced after about 8 to 10 weeks to create dry conditions.
  5. When using drip irrigation, be sure to put the emitter off to the side of the plant, not right on top of the root ball to avoid overwatering the plant.
  6. Plant high, leaving the top of the rootball just above the surrounding soil to avoid burying the crown of the plant.
  7. Mulch with gravel or pine needles in arid climates. No mulch is needed where conditions are moister. Always avoid bark, grass clippings, or compost as mulch materials.
  8. Allow some of the plants to set seed (don't deadhead all of the flower spikes)*.
  9. Fertilize sparingly. One time each year in the fall is enough. Apply a light application of an organic or natural fertilizer such as Yum Yum Mix as a top dressing around the plants. Don't use high nitrogen water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Gro

*To keep penstemon that have finely textured or matted evergreen foliage looking their best, you'll want to 'deadhead" them. Shear off the fading flowering spikes just as the plant is going out of flower. Gently bunch the flower spikes together with one hand and cut them off at the point where they go down into the mat of foliage with your clipper in your other hand. Recommended for the following varieties: P. pinifolius types (‘Compactum', ‘Mersea Yellow', ‘Nearly Red', ‘Magdalena Sunshine' and ‘Tall Orange Mix'), as well as Penstemon linarioides v. coloradensis and Penstemon virens ('Blue Lips').

More in-depth guidance for growing Penstemon: Watch our video: How To Plant Penstemon or read articles: Growing Penstemon, Penstemon for the Waterwise Garden, David’s Favorite Plants: Pineleaf Beardtongue, The Beardtongue Family: Penstemania for Penstemon and The Genus Penstemon: The Royalty of American Wildflowers The Genus Penstemon: The Royalty of American Wildflowers (Part 2).


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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4.5

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Blooms and blooms

This plant is very hardy in an area that is dry and hot in the summer and can be extremely cold in winter. It adds color and keeps blooming during the summer. I hope...Read complete review

This plant is very hardy in an area that is dry and hot in the summer and can be extremely cold in winter. It adds color and keeps blooming during the summer. I hope that it will spread as it matures like most perennials. I'm thinking of getting another hopefully a different color.

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Brilliant color

I grew this species in a gravel drain field next to the foundation of my house for several years. It seemed to thrive in this dry location. The crown of the plant eventually became...Read complete review

I grew this species in a gravel drain field next to the foundation of my house for several years. It seemed to thrive in this dry location. The crown of the plant eventually became brittle and I accidentally broke it off.

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5.0

Nice wildflower

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain:

    Planed in desert landscape (sand and pea gravel), growing very well, even with 55 inches of rainfall. Should bloom soon.

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    5.0

    Beautiful!

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain:

      Saw this blooming in Arizona, early April. Ordered it and planted it in a raised sand bed. Hummers love it!

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      2.0

      Brilliant color

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      from Goodhue, Minnesota

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain:

      I grew this species in a gravel drain field next to the foundation of my house for several years. It seemed to thrive in this dry location. The crown of the plant eventually became brittle and I accidentally broke it off.

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      5.0

      YES!

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain:

        We have always had good luck with plants from HCG; however this past year 2016 was much to wet for this plant and it literally drowned. We will try again this year. Usually our Eatonii lasts for several years.

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        Blooms and blooms

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain:

        This plant is very hardy in an area that is dry and hot in the summer and can be extremely cold in winter. It adds color and keeps blooming during the summer. I hope that it will spread as it matures like most perennials. I'm thinking of getting another hopefully a different color.

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        5.0

        Big, healthy and colorful.

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain:

          Ordered these for a newly established landscaping berm. They arrived healthy and made it through our long, dry summer with minimal care. They are very hardy and the blooms are outstanding and long lasting.

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          4.0

          Nice tough plant

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain:

            I grow this mixed with cacti, agastache, salvia pachyphylla. Shortly after planting, it almost died because I was out of the area and couldn't water it. It recovered very well but hasn't grown a lot. It's a very tough, forgiving plant. Looking forward to some great blooms next year!

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            5.0

            Hummingbird Magnet

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain:

              I'm sooo excited for the hummingbirds this plant will bring. I planted two last fall and they survived a rough winter. They look healthy and strong this spring.

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              5.0

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain:

                eye catching

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                4.0

                Can't wait until they bloom

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain:

                  I planted it according to the instructions and it grew during the summer. It did well during the winter and it grew fair amount. Can't wait until the blooms appear!

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