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