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Penstemon pseudospectabilis: Desert Penstemon

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Form: Herb.
Lifespan: Perennial.
Leaf retention: Evergreen.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 2-4' high and 2' wide.
Flowers: Magenta or dark pink, tubular, 0.75" long, arrayed in spikes.
Bloom: Spring.
Fruit: Seed capsule.
Leaves: Green, boat-shaped, surrounding stem, toothed edges, may turn magenta during drought after seed production.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: California through New Mexico, Utah and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 5-9.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade. Best in part shade.
Water once established: Monthly at most. Needs only small amounts of water once established.
Soil: Well drained, dry, low organic content, pH 6.1-8.5 (slightly acidic to alkaline).
Mulch: Decomposed granite or small gravel.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Seed.
Uses: Ornamental, hummingbird garden, xeric garden.

Another common name is Canyon Penstemon.

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Penstemon pseudospectabilis: Desert Penstemon

Penstemon pseudospectabilis: Desert Penstemon - seed pods