From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Penstemon centranthifolius
Common Name: Scarlet Bugler
- Stunning penstemon with scarlet blooms for the garden. Give little supplemenal water for year after year spring blooms. Highly recommended combined with Penstemon spectabilis and Conejo Buckwheat.
- Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
- Plant Type: Perennial
- Height by Width: 1-2' H x 1' W
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: Red
- Endangered?: Not listed
- Distribution: North Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Central and Southwestern California
- Natural Habitat: Dry, open or wooded places, generally in chaparral or oak woodland
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A very attractive plant growing to a height of 2 to 4 feet with glaucous foliage and bright vermillion flowers in narrow racemes 1 to 2 feet long. Very showy and blooms over a long period. Gallon cans, 35c."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.