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Penstemon

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
PEN-stem-on
Description

Penstemon is a dramatically beautiful, tall, slender plant. The cultivar 'Husker Red' has maroon foliage and light pinkish flowers. Many hybrids of uncertain parentage occur with varying hardiness, so mulch well in winter.

Grow Penstemon plants in full sun and well-drained soil.  To propagate, seed can be sown in late summer, cuttings taken in summer, or they can be divided.

Wildlife Value: Seeds attract songbirds.  Members of the genus Penstemon support the following specialized bee: Osmia (Melanosmia) distincta.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bees#purple#red#white#pink#sun#birds#summer#orange#spring#perennial#wildlife plant#many colors#mulch#nectar plant#specialized bees#division#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Penstemon
    Family:
    Plantaginaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico, Southwestern USA
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees