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Penstemon venustus

Blue Mt. Penstemon, Venus Penstemon, Lovely Penstemon, Beautiful Penstemon

Community: Mountain

Brief Description

Royal purple blooms crown a stately Blue Mt. native.

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  • Rich Purple Bloom
  • Blue Mt. Exclusive
  • Long-Blooming
  • Finely Serrated Leaves

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Plant Description and Details

"Venustus" is Latin for "beautiful" or "graceful" - and the penstemon named "venustus" is aptly described. A rich lavender/purple tone, the flowers are many, bunched along the several stems of each plant. It is very common in its range from thesouthwestern tip of Washington, crossing over into the northwest corner of Oregon and the center of the Idaho panhandle. Plant in groups for a massed color effect.

Common Names Blue Mt. Penstemon, Venus Penstemon, Lovely Penstemon, Beautiful Penstemon
Community Mountain
Annual Water Needs 20-30 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Open rocky area, dry canyons and gravelly slopes in the Blue Mts. of WA, OR & ID
Native States ID, OR, WA
Hardiness Down to Zone 5
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Rocky areas, mountainscapes, stone patio beds, surrounding a mailbox post.
Mature Height 2 - 4 ft.
Mature Width 16 in.
Group Spacing 10-24 in.
Blossom Color Purple
Blooms Summer
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 3-4 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Cut dead stems back to 2" in late winter.
Wildlife Pollinators
Plants Symbol PEVE2
Family Name Scrophulariaceae
Lewis & Clark No
 

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