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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 18 inches
Plant Spread: 8 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 29, 2013 11:43 PM

"Penstemon angustifolius is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family known by the common names broadbeard beardtongue and narrowleaf beardtongue. It is native to the west-central United States, including the Great Plains.

This species is a perennial herb with thick, waxy, gray-green stems growing up to 24 inches tall. The flowers come in shades of pink and purple. The flowers attract hummingbirds.

This species grows on grasslands and in sandy habitat types, such as dunes. It is drought-tolerant.

This plant can be used in landscaping and as a garden plant in xeriscaping situations.

The Lakota people used the flowers to make blue dye for painting moccasins."

Taken from wikipedia's page at:

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