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Penstemon fruticosus

Shrubby Penstemon, Bush Penstemon

Community: Mountain

Brief Description

Bushy compact evergreen perennial sports bold, lavender blooms.

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  • Abundant Lavendar Blooms
  • Hardy Woody Perennial
  • Evergreen Leathery Leaves
  • Dense Shrub Form

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Plant Description and Details

Another gorgeous penstemon! A natural for rock gardens and sunny spots. Waxy, deep green leaves are arranged as if starched in place around the stem, and they stay put throughout the winter. Showy, bell-shapedlavendar-to-rose-purple flowers, snapdragon look-alikes, make their debut in the summer. Attracts pollinators, (bumblebees especially) and hummingbirds. The Lewis & Clark expedition collected samples of Shrubby Penstemon in 1806, near Weippe, ID.

Common Names Shrubby Penstemon, Bush Penstemon
Community Mountain
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Foothills to subalpine to rocky cliffs, throughout the western states east of the Cascades
Native States CO, ID, MT, OR, UT, WA
Hardiness Down to Zone 5
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Sunny, dryish bank or rock garden.
Mature Height 1 - 2 ft.
Mature Width 18 in.
Group Spacing 12-18 in.
Blossom Color Lavendar to Rose-Purple
Blooms Late Spring
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Trim branch tips lightly in early spring to encourage bushiness. Give direct sunlight and do not overwater.
Plants Symbol PEFR3
Family Name Scrophulariaceae
Lewis & Clark Yes

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