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Cardinal penstemon

Penstemon cardinalis

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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 CharacteristicsAttracts hummingbirds. U.S. native.

CareFull sun or just a little shade and moist, well-drained soil. Can take high heat and dry conditions.

PropagationStart from seed.

  • Genus : Penstemon
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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