The Main Plant entry for Penstemons (Penstemon)

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Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Flowers: Showy
Wildlife Attractant: Bees

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Location: all photos from my gardensDate: 2019-04-22
By pinkiris
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-04-28
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Location: My YardDate: 2017-04-16
By GaNinFl
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Location: My GardensDate: Spring 2013Very Close Look Single Bloom
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Location: At a local nurseryDate: 2013-06-07
By Calif_Sue
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Location: Indiana  zone 5Date: 2013-05-27
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-04-28
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Location: Bea’s gardenDate: 2021
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Location: Kalama, Wa.Date: 2001-08-29
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Location: My garden
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Location: Kalama, Wa.Date: 2001-08-29
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Location: At a local nurseryDate: 2013-06-07
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2014-06-12penstemon hirsutus
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-06-10
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Location: MOBOT -   St LouisDate: 7-23-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 6-29-07
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 6-29-07flower in the middle
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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 10:46 PM

"Although widespread across North America, and found in habitats ranging from open desert to moist forests, and up to the alpine zone, they are not typically common within their range.

Although penstemons are among the most attractive native flowers of North America, Europe has always been far more active in their cultivation, and hundreds of hybrids have been developed there since the early 19th century.

A number of different species have been used in the hybridization process, notably P. cobaeus and P. hartwegii.

In North America, penstemons are often used in xeriscape landscaping, as many are native to desert or alpine regions and thus quite hardy. One of the largest collections of penstemons in North America is found at The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Arizona, which hosts a Penstemon Festival each summer."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Mis-ID'd penstemon photo by growitall Dec 18, 2013 8:04 PM 0
Penstemon ID by growitall Jun 13, 2014 6:16 AM 1
Penstemon by bamira Sep 16, 2014 10:08 PM 0
Penstemon by bamira Sep 16, 2014 10:11 PM 0
Pollinator Prairie Project by gardengus Sep 17, 2021 8:15 AM 6
penstemon only flowers on one side by rgilks61 Jul 30, 2021 2:29 PM 1
Gray foliage with bring pink blooms by purpleinopp Jul 18, 2021 11:13 AM 4
Red tubular blooms by purpleinopp Jul 15, 2021 10:51 AM 2
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