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Penstemon centranthifolius

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Common Name: Scarlet Penstemon
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Orange-Red
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 48"
Mature Width: 24"
Description:

Tall,protect from wind. Doesn't like cold wet gardens. Ultimate hummingbird plant. Orange-Red Flowers. Deadhead when the flower stalks are completely finished and it will continue to produce blooms through fall!


Digitalis obscura

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Common Name: Sunset Foxglove
Bloom Season: Spring
Bloom Color: Rose with yellow
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 16"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Large bells of dusty rose with yellow markings at throat. Good in dry arrangements. Plant Select® award winner.


Garden Notes: Biennial? Mine has died after blooming the second year. May just be the conditions I give it. Has a very nice dusky-orange bloom.

Celtis reticulata

Common Name: Netleaf Hackberry
Bloom Season: Spring
Bloom Color: Red, Orange, Green
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 20 feet
Mature Width: 15 feet
Description:

Native tree, birds love seed, gets a gall that diminishes looks. Will reseed itself in garden from bird droppings.


Garden Notes: Hackberry is a very tough native tree. It is gangly looking when young. Keep pruning up branches for tree. Not the most refined looking tree, but it is a good selection for outlying areas.

Asclepias tuberosa

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Common Name: Butterfly Weed 'Wild Orange Type'
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Orange
Water Needs: Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 28"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Rise every year from taproot (mark spot for planting), long lived. Bright orange flowers a favorite for butterflies. Great nectar plant for butterflies and an important food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars.


Garden Notes: Long bloom season.

Anisacanthus quadrifidus v. wrightii

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Common Name: Flame Acanthus
Bloom Season: Summer to Early Fall
Bloom Color: Orange/Yellow
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 36"
Mature Width: 30"
Description:

Bright orange tubular flowers, long mid summer to fall bloom. Drought tolerant. Dies back in winter, cut back to ground in spring. This plant serves as the larval host for a beautiful native butterfly called the Vesta Crescent.


Garden Notes: Great plant! Starts blooming end of July till cooler days of fall. Hummingbirds love it and butterflies feed on nectar as well. Throws seed several feet to get new plants, not hard to remove.