Palmer's penstemon

Penstemon palmeri

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of www.highcountrygardens.com
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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 Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Desert Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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