Plant ID forum: Unknown Penstemon

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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 25, 2012 6:16 AM CST
Perennial in zone 5b.

Grows to 24", or so.



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One of the most distinguishing features is the extremely bright green leaves. Blooms appear as rosy-violet in person. I'll post closeups of leaves and their attachment if needed.


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May 25, 2012 8:51 AM CST

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Ohhh, I love penstemon, hope an ID can be found, that's a beauty!
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gingin
May 25, 2012 10:12 AM CST
I believe it's rough pennyroyal...let me check my list...BRB
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gingin
May 25, 2012 10:17 AM CST
NOT...it only looked at first glance the same
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krancmm
May 25, 2012 10:30 AM CST
It sure look like our (Brazoria County, Texas) native Penstemon tenuis, aka Brazos Penstemon or Gulf Coast Penstemon. It's the only Penstemon that grows here, requiring moist-wet soils. I did check Dave's Garden and supposely it's growing into New York State and Oak Park, Indiana although it's supposed to be hardy only to 7b. Guess no one told the plant.

Brazos Penstemon does have bright green, rather glossy leaves - the wider leaf base with the abrupt narrowing to the pointed tip looks the same. Flower color sounds right (when you say rosy-lavender). Height seems right for northern areas (here it's at least 36").

Was the plant from a nursery or wild? If wlld, it's not Brazos Penstemon.
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frostweed
May 25, 2012 11:20 AM CST
Yes, Brazos Penstemon, a beautiful short lived perennial,
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
May 25, 2012 1:48 PM CST
I had found that one, but wasn't sure that the leaves looked right for a match. These are some that I grew from seeds collected from a plant purchased by my mom - source forgotten.

Thanks for the help! I tip my hat to you.

[BTW - we had a lot of plants survive our last mild winter that really shouldn't have. Smiling Hurray! ]
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Name: Monica
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krancmm
May 25, 2012 4:29 PM CST
Good work on zone pushing. Hummers and bees really work it over. They do set seed readily, and judging from my yard, there's 100% germination Hilarious!

BTW, if you cut back the fading flowering stems (before it sets seeds) a few inches from the basal rosette and feed it, it will flower again (although not with the same exuberance as the first flowering). Well, at least it does here...
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 25, 2012 4:52 PM CST
That's good to know...thanks! I'll leave one for seed collecting, and cut the rest back. Thumbs up

It's truly lovely blooming as it is in the area right in front of my kitchen windows. Big Grin
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