I am excited to show you two pictures of one of my favorite perennials.

Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii)
 
Isn’t this a cool picture of a bee, ready to pollinate the flowers of this penstemon?
 
I must confess that I did not take this photo (or the other one below).  My husband took both of these beautiful pictures.
 
This firecracker penstemon is happily growing in my garden and is now over 14 years old, which is rare.  
 
Every winter, it sends up spikes covered in red, tubular flowers, much to the delight of the resident hummingbirds.
 
The blooms last through spring in my desert garden.  In cooler climates, it will bloom in spring through early summer.
 
To learn more about this red beauty and how easy it is to grow in your garden, click here.


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I hope you have enjoyed my favorite flower photos.  Starting tomorrow, I will begin posting a series of my favorite DIY blog posts, so please come back for a visit!
 
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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  1. dryheatblog
    dryheatblog says:

    Great plant and photo. One mild winter, those at a project of mine bloomed the 1st week in Dec, only to start the last week of Jan!

    I knew it was a winner when a residential client in clay soils, prone to over-watering, had it for years and it looked just fine. Though it was on a berm…

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