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Penstemon pinifolius

Penstemon pinifolius
pine-leaf penstemon
Penstemon pinifolius
Evergreen foliage is still nice in winter, although it tends to catch flying tree leaves

Common name pine-leaf penstemon
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers red (late spring-summer)
Size 12"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed give a month cold treatment, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

This was one of the first penstemons we brought into our garden, and still one of our favorites. The dark-green foliage really does resemble that of coniferous evergreens, and contrasts nicely with the lipstick-red narrow tubular flowers that appear from May onward. It creeps just enough to propagate new plants once in a while - a tendency we've gratefully taken advantage of.

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02 garden. Pot outside on Dec26. No G
  2. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 35F (4w; 3%G, 26d) - 70F (67%G, 1-6d)

Does better with controlled conditions. Seedlings finnicky when young.

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