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Penstemon palmeri: Palmer's Penstemon

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Description
Form: Herb.
Lifespan: Perennial.
Growth rate: Rapid.
Mature Size: Flower stems 1-3' high.
Flowers: Reddish-pink to white, broadly tubular with large mouths, bearded bottom stamen, in long, narrow cluster on stem, fragrant.
Bloom: Spring.
Fruit: Seed capsule.
Leaves: Blue-green, triangular, possibly boat-shaped surrounding stem, possibly serrated margins, varies with subspecies.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds. Browsed by small mammals and should be protected by wire mesh fencing the first two years.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Western North America.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 6-10.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to light shade.
Water once established: Once or twice a month.
Soil: Well drained, dry, low in organic content, pH 6.1-7.8 slightly acidic to slightly alkaline). Do not fertilize.
First Year Care: In full sun, mulch with pea gravel or decomposed granite and water lightly each day, especially when blooming, to establish extensive root system.
Prune: Remove dead leaves and flower stalks after seed matures.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Seed.
Uses: Ornamental, fragrance garden, hummingbird garden.

Comments
Blooms the first year from seed.



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