Photo of native: Penstemon centranthifolius  

Penstemon centranthifolius

Common name is Scarlet Bugler

Native Location:

This local native may be found all over the back country. It is often in open or sandy areas of chaparral or along roadside banks.

Bloom Season:

April through June


Extremely drought tolerant. It will exist from rainfall, but will produce blooms for a bit longer if given an occasional watering - perhaps every couple of weeks.


Grows about two feet tall and one feet wide.


Grows best in well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand or decomposed granite.