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Galvezia speciosa (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)
Galvezia speciosa (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

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Galvezia speciosa

Island Snapdragon
Evergreen, Shrubs

Native to Catalina, San Clemente, and the Guadalupe islands (off the coast of Southern California). This spreading open grower usually reaches 3 ft. high and 5 ft. wide, but can climb or lean on other shrubs and reach 8 ft. Leaves are about 1 in. long and half as wide. Scarlet, tubular, 1-in.-long flowers cluster toward the tips of branches. Bloom is heaviest in midspring but intermittent throughout the year. Endures light or heavy soils if drainage is adequate.

‘Firecracker’ is a compact form (2–3 ft. high and 3 ft. wide) with bright red flowers.

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