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Penstemon kunthii

 
Penstemon kunthii
Kunth's penstemon
Penstemon kunthii

Common name Kunth's penstemon
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-10)
Flowers purple-magenta (summer)
Size 24"
Light sun
Cultural notes drought-tolerant

Penstemon from high elevations in Mexico featuring spikes holding a profusion of tubular flowers. Sometimes considered a form of P. campanulatus. I've found it to be a particularly quick-growing species, reaching 12" by early summer of its first year, as shown in the photo at right.

Kunth's penstemon

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: rock garden, rock garden annex, trough planter, orchard nursery area

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '12 trade. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F with light (62%G, 5-10d)
  2. Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F with light (~50%G, 3-8d)
  3. Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F with light (66%G, 3-14d)


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