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Penstemon palmeri

Scented Penstemon

Palmers Penstemon, Desert Penstemon
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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Penstemon palmeri
Principal Common Name Scented Penstemon
Common Name(s) Palmers Penstemon, Desert Penstemon
Description Evergreen shrubby perennial with tubular or trumpet-shaped flowers, white tinged with pink or lilac. The individual blossoms are fairly large and are presented in dense spikes from late spring until fall that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Most penstemons tolerate alkaline or chalky soils, and poor, rocky soils often produce the sturdiest specimens. Provide full sun, or light shade inland, and fast drainage with moderate water. Replace plants every 3 to 5 years for renewed vigor. Most are hardy to 0F.
General Comments
Nativity Western United States, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona
Height Range 3 - 5 FT
Spread Range 2 - 3 FT
Flower Showy Y
Sunset Zones 2 : 3 : 10 : 11 : 12 : 13
USDA Zones
Leaf Color Gray-Green
Leaf Texture Smooth : Thick
Form Shrub : Subshrub
Flower Color White : White with a blush of pink : White with purple tinge
Flower Time June : Summer
Ease of Growing Average
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Partial Shade
Soil Preferences Loose : Well-drained
Watering Preferences Drought Tolerant : Sparse
Outstanding Features Attracts Bees : Attracts Birds : Attracts Butterflies : Color : Cut Flower : Drought tolerant : Flower : Fragrance : Heat Tolerant : Poor Soil tolerant

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