Growth rate: Moderate.
Mature Size: Rosette of leaves 6" high and 24" wide.
Flower stalk to 36" high.
Flowers: Red to red-orange tubular flowers, 1.5" long
with double lower lip curved back, arrayed on spikes. Sterile
stamen on lower lip is hairy, although barely noticeable in
some specimens, giving plant the name "Beardlip".
Bloom: May-July. Blooms second year from seed.
Fruit: Seed capsule.
Leaves: Linear to lance-shaped, green to blue.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Utah, Colorado, Arizona through Texas, and Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 4-9.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Water once established: Once or twice a month in light
shade, or weekly in full sun.
Soil: Well drained, dry, pH 6.1-7.8 (slightly acidic to
Mulch: Decomposed granite or small gravel, or allow
to grow among tall wild grass.
Prune: Removing spent blossom stalks at start of seed
formation will encourage new stalks and blooms.
Propagation: Seed or root division.
Uses: Ornamental, hummingbird garden, xeric garden.
Three subspecies are recognized.
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