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Penstemon nitidus

Penstemon nitidus

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

CareGrow in fertile, well-drained soil.

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

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

  • Genus : Penstemon
  • Zones : 3
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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