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Keckiella

Scrophulariaceae
Deciduous, Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

These woody-stemmed Southern California natives with tubular, lipped flowers were once listed as shrubby penstemons. Extremely drought-tolerant, they drop their leaves in summer unless watered. Need excellent drainage.

Keckiella antirrhinoides (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)
Keckiella antirrhinoides (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

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Keckiella antirrhinoides

Erect to spreading habit to 4 ft. tall and 3 ft. or wider; leaves are less than 1 in. long. Abundant show of fragrant yellow flowers in late spring and summer. Full sun.

Keckiella cordifolia

Grows to about 5 ft. tall and wide, sprawling. Behaves almost like a vine when growing among taller shrubs. Dark green leaves. Red, 1–2-in.-long, unscented flowers appear from late spring into early summer. A yellow-flowered variety is available. Full sun or partial shade.

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