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Hummingbirds will beat bushes for this snapdragon

Pollinator Plant List: Island bush snapdragon (Galvezia speciosa ‘Firecracker’) is a fast-growing drought-tolerant shrub that produces loads of lipstick red flowers, a favorite of hummingbirds.
Pollinator Plant List: Island bush snapdragon (Galvezia speciosa ‘Firecracker’) is a fast-growing drought-tolerant shrub that produces loads of lipstick red flowers, a favorite of hummingbirds.

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Pollinator Plant List: Hummingbirds” series – 30 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and that attract hummingbirds.

Island bush snapdragon

Galvezia speciosa ‘Firecracker’

Size: Compact habit, 3 feet tall and wide.

Bloom season: Lipstick red blooms in summer and fall.

Exposure: Full sun or partial shade.

Pruning needs: Prune to shape; remove any frost damage as necessary.

Water needs: Low; once established, deep water once or twice a month.

Snapshot: Snap to it! Hummingbirds will love this little shrub in your garden. This California native forms a medium-sized, fast-growing bush with fuzzy, lime-green foliage and lipstick red flowers, a favorite for hummingbirds. Native to the Channel Islands, this perennial is amenable to shaping and use as a hedge. In severe frost (under 26 degrees F.), galvezia may be damaged (frost protection is recommended), but it easily recovers when weather warms.

For more on “Pollinator Plant List: Hummingbirds,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

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