Palmer's penstemon Penstemon palmeri http://www.highcountrygardens.comPhoto/Illustration: Courtesy of www.highcountrygardens.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Palmer's penstemon (Penstemon palmeri) PEN-steh-mon PALM-er-eye Genus: Penstemon A native of the Southwest, Palmer's penstemon sports sharp, prickly, gray leaves and thrives in the harsh conditions. Snapdragon-like pale pink flowers boom in late spring or early summer, and their sweet-honey scent attracts bumblebees. Toothed, sage green leaves skirt the upright stems for the rest of the gardening season.This perennial wildflower is one of the largest penstemons. It looks good in the back of a border or as a focal point, perhaps near a path where its fragrance can be enjoyed or in an informal grouping with other native penstemons and grasses, or with other plantss that have similar maintenance and water requirements. -Katie Nicolich, Plants to know and grow, Fine Gardening issue #120 Noteworthy Characteristics: This native of the southwestern U.S. is drought tolerant, tall, and has fragrant flowers. Care: Provide full sun and lean, sandy, well-drained soil. Plant with the crown an inch or two above the soil surface. It will not tolerate extra water, fertilizer, or mulch. Deadhead to maintain a tidy appearance. This plant can be short-lived; allowing a few flowers to go to seed and self-sow can help prolong its stay. Propagation: From seed or by division. Overview Height 3 ft. to 6 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Light Full Sun Only Moisture Dry to Medium Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Hummingbirds, Native, Self Seeds, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Early Summer, Late Spring Flower Color Pink Uses Beds and Borders Style Desert Garden, Meadow Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Tolerance Drought Tolerant Type Perennials Related Plants to Penstemon palmeri 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Maiden pink Dianthus deltoides 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Anise hyssop Agastache foeniculum 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Daylily Hemerocallis 'Blackeyed Stella' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Daylily Hemerocallis 'Becky Lynn' View the discussion thread.