Penstemon nitidus

Penstemon nitidus

Photo/Illustration: 
Ellen Wilde
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(Penstemon nitidus)
Genus:  Penstemon

This penstemon produces azure flowers—the color of a New Mexico summer sky. Blooms emerge in late April and may get covered with a late snow, but that doesn’t seem to bother them. Also boasting beautiful gray-blue foliage, this plant grows 6 to 10 inches high.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

A native of the northwestern U.S., this is the earliest penstemon to bloom.

Care: 

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil.

Propagation: 

Take softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer. Divide in spring.

Problems: 

Powdery mildew, rust, leaf spots, and Southern blight. Slugs and snails may damage young plants.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Light
Full Sun Only
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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