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Penstemon wrightii

Penstemon wrightii
Texas rose penstemon; Wright's penstemon
Penstemon wrightii

Common name Texas rose penstemon; Wright's penstemon
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers pink-red (spring)
Size 24-36"

Robust stems with glaucous leaves often clasping; pink to red flowers. Native to western Texas. My first success at getting this to bloom was in a hypertufa trough. That plant stayed small, so when a much larger plant bloomed the following year, from a single seedling I had set out in the rock garden, I didn't realize it was the same species. The trough specimen died soon after flowering. I hope that's not the general habit of this penstemon, because I like the plant, and would prefer it stick around a while.

Texas rose penstemon; Wright's penstemon

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 35F (11w; 17%G, 6-10w) - 70F (3%G, 3d)
  2. Seed from HPS/MAG '12/'13 exchange. Baggy 35F (12w; 14%G, 8-12w) - 70F (4%G, 3-7d)
  3. Seed from HPS/MAG '12/'13 exchange. Baggy 35F (10w; 2%G, 8w) - 70F with light (5%G, 3-6d)

Germination definitely occurs primarily at cold conditions, and takes quite a while to start.

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