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Penstemon spp.

Common Name(s):
Bearded tongue
Category:
Perennials
Comment:

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.

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

Season:
Late spring to summer
Height:
18-36 in.
Flower Color:
Bright red, pink, rose, violet, orange, white
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8
Propagation:
Seed sown late summer, cuttings in summer, division
Exposure:
Full sun
Soil:
Well-drained soil
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Mexico, Southwestern USA
Tags:
pink, purple, sun, summer, white, specialized bees, bees, birds, nectar, perennial, orange, red, pollinators, spring, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 758

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