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Penstemon strictus 'Bandera' (Rocky Mountain penstemon, Stiff beard-tongue)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Penstemon strictus 'Bandera' PEN-steh-mon STRIK-tus Common Name: Rocky Mountain penstemon, Stiff beard-tongue Genus: Penstemon
Rocky Mountain penstemon is an upright perennial that forms a mat of glossy green leaves from which arise straight, 2-foot-tall stems bearing rich purple blooms. It flowers in early June and occasionally throughout the summer. Blooms contrast nicely with yellow-blooming plants.
Noteworthy characteristics: Native from Wyoming to Arizona.
Care: Grow in full sun to partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil.
Propagation: Take softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer. Divide in spring. Evergreen foliage spreads rapidly, so rooted stems can be divided from the outer edges of a clump.
Problems: Powdery mildew, rust, leaf spots, and Southern blight. Slugs and snails may damage young plants.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Summer
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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