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Penstemon spp

Penstemon

Beard-tongue
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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Penstemon spp
Principal Common Name Penstemon
Common Name(s) Beard-Tongue
Synonym
Description There are more than 250 species and most all are native to the west from Canada to Mexico. Evergreen perennials and shrubs with tubular or trumpet-shaped flowers, most commonly in shades of red and blue, but also pink, salmon, rose, lilac, purple, peach, white and yellow. The individual blossoms are fairly large and are presented in dense spikes from late spring until fall that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Most penstemons tolerate alkaline or chalky soils, and poor, rocky soils often produce the sturdiest specimens. Provide full sun, or light shade inland, and fast drainage with moderate water. Replace plants every 3 to 5 years for renewed vigor. Most are hardy to 0F.
General Comments
Origin
Nativity North America
Height Range 1 - 4 FT
Spread Range 1 - 3 FT
Flower Showy Y
Warning
Sunset Zones 1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6 : 7 : 8 : 9 : 10 : 11 : 12 : 13 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24
USDA Zones 1 : 2a : 2b : 3a : 3b : 4a : 4b : 5a : 5b : 6a : 6b : 7a : 7b : 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b : 11
Leaf Color Medium Green
Leaf Texture Smooth : Strap-like
Form Shrub : Subshrub
Flower Color Blue : Deep rose : Lavender : Lavender-purple : Peach : Pink : Purple : Red : Salmon : White : Yellow
Flower Time Summer
Months
Ease of Growing Easy
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Partial Shade
Soil Preferences Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium : Sparse
Outstanding Features Attracts Bees : Attracts Birds : Attracts Butterflies : Cut Flower : Drought tolerant : Flower

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