Gulf Coast Penstemon (Penstemon tenuis) in the Penstemons Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 18 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects: special value to native bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: barely cover
Suitable for wintersowing
Start indoors
Pollinators: Birds
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

The color of these flowers is amazing.

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Posted by TexasPlumeria87 (Plano, TX - Zone 8a) on Apr 5, 2017 8:15 PM

This has become one of my favorite spring wildflowers. I like that it's evergreen and it adds a nice woodland feel to my dappled shade garden. I have four plants growing around a bird bath. Even during really dry conditions, they don't wilt and I've seen a few pollinators visiting the blooms.

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 27, 2014 4:30 AM

Put this plant near the front of the garden, with a dark-foliage annual, such as coleus, in front for contrast. The bright apple-green foliage and early blooms make for a lovely early-spring show. By the time the bright apple-green foliage is getting a big old, the coleus will be tall enough to disguise the decline. Also, use a short tomato cage when shoots first emerge in spring to keep them from flopping after blooming. The flowers last a long time, so extra support helps.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On March 21, 2019 Bloomed
Round bed several clumps and lots of seedlings
piksihk On April 1, 2017 Bloomed
Round bed/ HW
piksihk On May 12, 2016 Transplanted
Seedlings to round bed
piksihk On December 5, 2015 Harvested
Seed pods collected
piksihk On April 7, 2015 Bloomed
lovesblooms On January 15, 2017 Seeds sown
lovesblooms On April 20, 2015 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On January 29, 2015 Seeds sown
winter sown
TexasPlumeria87 On March 18, 2016 Obtained plant
I received a few offsets from Central Texas
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Get Ready for Spring Plant Sales by tx_flower_child Jul 10, 2019 8:11 AM 113
New Plants by TexasPlumeria87 Apr 17, 2016 2:01 PM 90
Saving Seeds Summer/Fall 2015 by CarolineScott Oct 20, 2015 10:40 AM 58
Who is saving seeds this fall? by mom2goldens Oct 21, 2014 12:53 PM 100
Banner for July 9, 2012 by chelle by chelle Jul 9, 2012 12:00 PM 7
Unknown Penstemon by chelle May 25, 2012 4:52 PM 8
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers, The Front Yard. by frostweed Apr 25, 2018 9:04 AM 115

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