From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Keckiella cordifolia
Common Name: Heart-leaved Penstemon
- Native to the Verdugo Mountains. Rich dark green leaves with beautiful red blooms. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Best if planted among evergreen shrubs to hide unsightly summer dormancy.
- Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 3' H x 3' W
- Growth Habit: Rounded, shrub-like spreads by roots
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
- Cold Hardy to:
- Flower Season: Spring/Summer
- Flower Color: Red-orange
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Southern Outer South Coast Ranges, southwestern CA, Northern Baja CA.
- Natural Habitat: Chaparral, forest below 4000'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A sprawling shrub or climber, reaching a height of 6 to 8 feet. Often found clambering over other shrubs or trailing over banks. Leaves heart-shaped, glossy green resembling those of the garden fuchsia. Flowers large, brilliant orange scarlet. Gallon cans, 50c."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.