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Brilliant scarlet flowers are borne in profusion on the 2-4 ft. stalks of this penstemon. Blooms appear most profusely in the spring and again in the fall.
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Herbaceous Plant, Perennial
Sonora in Mexico, north through Arizona, New Mexico, and western Texas to Utah and Colorado
Western state native:
Clasping, narrow, lance-shaped to linear, willow-like, medium green stem leaves (2-6" long). Oblong to ovate basal foliage generally retains some green color over winter.
Predominant flower color:
Loose terminal racemes of reddish-orange, two-lipped, tubular flowers (to 2" long) atop erect, rigid stems bloom from late spring well into summer.
Fall Color Description:
Winter Interest Description:
Used by Wildlife:
Move in Spring to left of Rice Grass or in corner next to Poker
Remove spent flowering racemes to prolong bloom.
Plants may be cut back to basal foliage after flowering to improve appearance of the planting.
Leave some stems for frost protection and mulch with straw in winter, if necessary.
Long Term Care:
Penstemon are low maintenance. The main requirement for success is that they need to be planted in well-drained soil-they do not like to have wet feet or crowns. They do best in lean soil without any additional amendments.
Root rot can occur in wet, poorly-drained soils. Leaf spots and rusts may also occur. https://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/host-and-disease-descriptions?title=Penstemon-Root+Rot
No serious insect or disease problems.
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Avoid wet, poorly-drained soils.
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
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