Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Penstemons


One of my favorite perennials is the Penstemon. These plants have colorful tubular shaped flowers. They are native to prairie landscapes. They do well in full sun, well-drained soil, are drought tolerant when established yet they don't like to compete with other plants so give them plenty of space. Penstemons are deer and rabbit resistant; attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. They can be used in mass plantings, in naturalized settings, as an accent or specimen plant. They make excellent cut flowers. Their nickname, Beardstongue, refers to the pollen-free stamen that sticks out from the flower hence resembling a Bearded Iris.
 

Pikes Peak Purple Penstemon
Pikes Peak Purple Penstemon
image courtesy of Plant Select

 

At Loma Vista Nursery we carry four varieties:

1.       Red Rocks has bright rose red flowers, blooms all summer and is hardy to zone 5

2.       Pike's Peak which has purple flowers, blooms summer through fall and is hardy to zone 5

3.       Prairie Dusk has rosy purple flowers, blooms early summer and is hardy to zone 3

4.       Husker Red has white flowers with maroon foliage, blooms late spring to early summer and is hardy to zone 3

Husker Red Penstemon
Husker Red Penstemon
image courtesy of MOBOT

 By Kate Williams, Sales Representative

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