Red Flowers (2)

Firecracker Beardtongue (Penstemon eatonii)

  • Other Names: None
  • Family: Figwort family (Scrophulariaceae)
  • Season: May-July
  • Color: Red
  • Habitat: Arid foothills

This scarlet tubular flower is a favorite food of hummingbirds. The flowers hang in elongated clusters of often dozens of flowers. The plants are 18 inches to three feet tall. They can be seen in CBP.

Scarlet Gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata)

  • Other Names: Skyrocket; Scarlet Trumpet
  • Family: Phlox family (Polemoniaceae)
  • Season: May-August
  • Color: Red
  • Habitat: Dry slopes

Scarlet Gilia has an elongated cluster of 15-30 trumpet-shaped flowers along a single stem. It is pollinated by hummingbirds and moths. Its fern-like leaves grow low to the ground. Each plant can be anywhere from six inches to several feet high. It is one of the most common flowers in the American West. It can be seen in LHG.

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