Yellow Bush Snapdragon

28 May

Yellow Bush Snapdragon (Keckiella antirrhinoides) evergreen to deciduous shrub, 3-4 ft., red-yellow, 3-4 in. flowers spring/summer, sun to part shade, drought tolerant, attracts hummingbirds, bees and other wildlife, deer resistant.

Yellow Bush Snapdragon is athree foot or so perennial shrub that will go deciduous under drought stress. In most California gardens in late fall and early winter this pensteomon will be tacky, BUT, you get flowers in late Febuary or early March, a full month before most other plants. This bush penstemon has red-yellow, 3″ to 4″ flowers. Native to the interior areas of southern California, west of the mountains. This species likes part shade, tolerates full shade inland, full sun along the coast, good drainage, and little summer water (summer wash offs). It’s fairly deer proof if not overwatered. Keckiella antirrhinoides is cold tolerant to at least 0 degrees F. Hummingbirds visit it during flowering season. Although it’s summer deciduous with no water, Yellow Bush Snapdragon looks great in even 118 degree F weather when the foliage is washed off a few times during the dry season. For the month of June and into July this plant is beautiful. The fragrance of the flowers is wonderful.

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