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Penstemon palmeri

Penstemon palmeri

Common name Palmer penstemon; balloon flower
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-9)
Flowers pale pink (late spring-early summer)
Size 3'
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil, drought-tolerant

Native to desert mountains in the western US. Flowers are fuzzy, and large by penstemon standards. Ours started blooming in late May of their second year. I haven't yet photographed their foliage because, to be honest, these second-year plants are kind of gangly and ungainly. I guess they are teenagers, in human terms!

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 65F (60%G, 8-37d). Also baggy 35F (40d) - 70F (33%G, 2-5d)

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