Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 2' high and 2' wide.
Flowers: Bright red, long, narrow, tubular, arrayed on a stalk.
Bloom: Spring, summer and fall. Blooms at intervals over much of the year
especially in response to rain.
Fruit: Seed capsule.
Leaves: Green, lance-shaped, in pairs, clasp stem on opposite sides.
Bottom leaves are ovate.
Stems: No thorns. Green.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds. Browsed by mammals.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: California through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 4-10.
Heat tolerant: Best in part shade in hottest months of year.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Part shade.
Water once established: Monthly during drought. Do not overwater.
Soil: Well drained, dry, pH 6.1-8.5 (slightly acidic to alkaline).
Mulch: Decomposed granite or small gravel.
Prune: Cleanup in winter. Removing spent stalks after flowering
may extend bloom.
Uses: Ornamental, hummingbird garden.
Due to new genetic research, penstemons are now members of the
vastly expanded plantain family, Plantaginaceae.
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