Plant ID forum: Penstemon or Lobelia?

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
May 17, 2015 9:31 AM CST
I did some late season transplantings last year and now I'm not sure whether what I have growing in this spot is Lobelia cardinalis Queen Victoria or Penstemon Dark Towers. I seem to have lost one of them and not sure which one is emerging for me now...

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Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 17, 2015 9:41 AM CST
I'm going to vote penstemon. Mine looks like that. Seems I remember the leaves being more pointed than these for lobelia?
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Catmint20906
May 17, 2015 9:42 AM CST
Thanks, Celia! Thank You! I was sort of leaning that way myself! Thumbs up I think it needs a little more sun, so may try moving it...
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bamira
May 17, 2015 9:48 AM CST
Penstemon Dark Towers leaves are at the edge of thorns, yours does not I tip my hat to you.
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plantladylin
May 17, 2015 9:50 AM CST
I agree, it looks like

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Zencat
May 17, 2015 9:51 AM CST
Penstemon don't have thorns and neither do lobelia.
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Catmint20906
May 17, 2015 10:37 AM CST
Thank You! That's a big help, thanks so much! Thumbs up
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springcolor
May 17, 2015 5:35 PM CST
I think that the Penstemon has serrated leaves if you expand the picture.

Thank you Stefen for that tip.
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 17, 2015 8:50 PM CST
The young leaves barely have any serration on mine. The older leaves do.

Catmint, do the older leaves show any?

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bamira
May 17, 2015 8:57 PM CST
Zencat said:The young leaves barely have any serration on mine. The older leaves do.

Catmint, do the older leaves show any?

Therefore, you must monitor the species, how to grow I tip my hat to you.

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