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Penstemon venustus

Penstemon venustus
shrubby penstemon

Common name shrubby penstemon
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers pink (June)
Light sun
Seed ripensmid-July

Grows from a woody base, but hasn't been long-lived in our garden, so I start new ones from seed occasionally. It produces pretty violet-pink flowers toward the middle of June. The flowers are about medium-sized for penstemons, and are smooth (not soft-hairy, like many other penstemons). The leaves are pointy, and slightly serrated. It's a shorter-growing species, not exceeding about 8" height in our garden.

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

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 35F (10w; 33%G, 6-10w) - 70F (27%G, 2d)
    Also pot outside 12/12/07.
  2. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 35F (15w; 70%G, 8-14w) - 70F (no further G)
  3. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (17w; 30%G, 14-17w) - 70F with light (6%G, 4d). Sprouted seed deteriorated quickly at room temperature in baggy.
  4. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (18w; 63%G, 12-16w)
  5. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (15w; 33%G, 11-15w)
  6. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 70F (14w) - 70F (4%G, 4d)
  7. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 70F (13w; 5%G, 12-13w) - 70F with light (8%G, 5-7d)

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