Cardinal penstemon

Penstemon cardinalis

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of High Country Gardens
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Cardinal penstemon (Penstemon cardinalis)
PEN-steh-mon kar-din-AL-iss
Genus:  Penstemon
This New Mexico/Texas native offers the garden spikes of dangling, rich red flowers in midsummer that attract hummingbirds. Grow in a border, rock garden, or cottage garden. It appreciates a moist but well-drained soil, but can also take more xeric habitats.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Attracts hummingbirds. U.S. native.
Care:  Full sun or just a little shade and moist, well-drained soil. Can take high heat and dry conditions.
Propagation:  Start from seed.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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