Pacific Coast Gardening forum: Penstemon spectabilis?

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Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA (Zone 10b)
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KathleenC
May 8, 2010 9:57 AM CST
The birds planted this for us and I am so glad I didn't pull it early when I thought it was a weed. I checked Las Pilitas and I THINK it's Showy Penstemon (P. spectabilis), judging by the foliage. Any other opinions?

http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/penste...

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 8, 2010 10:11 AM CST

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Sure looks like it. What a nice surprise gift!
This is the link on CalFlora for Penstemon spectabilis:
http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/specieslist.cgi?where-pretty...
Click on the plant name for more info. One of the cool things about this website is the photo links they added near the bottom of the page for each plant, listed like this:

Information about Penstemon spectabilis from other sources:

Photos on CalPhotos / Picasa / Flickr
Photos or website references on Google
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Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
May 8, 2010 10:33 AM CST
The penstemons are just wonderful! I only have a few and I think I need to concentrate on getting more of those. I'm sure that word will get out that your place is native plant friendly and the birds will be bringing you more surprises.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
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KathleenC
May 8, 2010 12:54 PM CST
They have planted Mimulus in the past, and Lotus scoparius - both of which are favorites.
This is a hybrid Penstemon I bought which is nice after all our rain.

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Name: Kathleen/KaperC
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KathleenC
May 24, 2010 7:04 PM CST
Really sad to report I lost half of this plant yesterday. At first I thought it was the really gusty winds we had, but when I looked this morning I realized it was a gopher!

I'm going to invest in some Society Garlic, as Sherry mentioned on the Salvia thread, besides the gassing, trapping, etc. grrrrrrrrr Angry
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Calif_Sue
May 24, 2010 10:02 PM CST

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Have you tried gopher cages? Zuzu is now planting all her roses in them.
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zuzu
May 24, 2010 11:28 PM CST

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The Society Garlic didn't work for me, Kathleen. It's true that the gophers didn't want it, but they ate everything around it.

I love the picture of the hybrid.
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA (Zone 10b)
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KathleenC
May 25, 2010 8:57 AM CST
Sue, I didn't plant this Penstemon - the birds did! I don't think they know about cages. Sticking tongue out

I'm really bummed about losing the seeds - I hope the other half of the plant last long enough so I can harvest them.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 25, 2010 9:23 AM CST

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Oh yeah, that's right, well darn them for picking that beauty to munch on!
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Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
May 25, 2010 9:39 AM CST
I'm still planting society garlic today in more beds...I'll hope for the best....I wouldn't go out and buy it to try, but since I had it, it's no loss.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
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Kelli
Aug 15, 2010 6:00 PM CST
I found this thread months too late, but next time, you might try gopher granules, those little grainy things made out of castor oil. I use those when I plant bulbs, and so far, so good. Knock on wood!


This is not the greatest picture you're going to see, but here is P. spectabilis in its natural habitat.
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