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Penstemon hirsutus var. pygmaeus

Common name dwarf hairy penstemon
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-9)
Flowers lavender with white tips
Size 4"
Light full sun
Cultural notes drought tolerant once established
From seed germinate at room temperature with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below

A dwarf variety of the upright-growing P. hirsutus. Its tubular flowers, are lavender, with the white insides showing at the pinched-down tips, and contrast with the dark foliage, which is not slender like that of its upright cousin. Low grower, good choice for rock gardens. Blooms in May.

Penstemon hirsutus var. pygmaeus
dwarf hairy penstemon
Penstemon hirsutus var. pygmaeus
Mid-February - deep purple foliage

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Read about all the penstemon species in our garden

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 70F with light (50%G, 5-8d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (50+%G, 7-11d)
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (no G, 11d). Seeds molded
  4. Seed from '11 trade. Baggy 70F with light (28%G, 7-10d)
  5. Seed from '11 trade, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 70F with light (35%G, 6-13d)
  6. Seed from '11 trade, cold-stored. Baggy 70F with light (29%G, 9-15d)
  7. Seed from '12 trade, cold-stored. Baggy 70F with light (52%G, 8-15d)

Once germinated, leaves appear in a few days, after which the seedlings rapidly deteriorate. Best to pot up just as leaves develop.
Seed may not be long-viable.

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