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Penstemon palmeri (Palmer's penstemon)

Penstemon palmeri Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of www.highcountrygardens.com

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Penstemon palmeri PEN-steh-mon PALM-er-eye Common Name: Palmer's penstemon 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.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
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, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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