Botanical Name: Penstemon 'Firebird'
Common Name: Firebird Penstemon  
Plant photo of: Penstemon 'Firebird'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Annual


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Patio, Raised Planter


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers


Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Susan Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

Firebird penstemon has spectacular red flowers arranged along tall flower spires. The hybrid penstemons are less cold hardy than other penstemons, but are useful as annuals due to their long seaason of bloom. Add them to perennial borders to fill in dull spots, or use them in containers. Grows 2 to 3 feet tall and 12 to 15 inches wide. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds; deer and rabbit resistant.
Hybrid penstemon can be less cold-hardy than other penstemons. They make great annuals for containers and filler in perennial borders as they have a long bloom season. Grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Like other penstemon, they prefer a gravel mulch, but if you use bark, pull it back from the crown of the plant so as to not cause crown rot.