Penstemon palmeri

Palmer's penstemon

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 3' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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One of the West’s most celebrated wildflowers is the beardtongues of the Penstemon genus. Thought to have first evolved in Utah, the genus has proliferated throughout the West into a variety of habitats, expressing a wide range of growth forms. Palmer’s penstemon is native to arid places in the Southwest and southeastern California, primarily in Inyo and San Bernardino Counties. It grows in an upright, open fountain shape with large waxy leaves. The late spring flowers are quite large, reminiscent of foxglove. They are carnation pink and - rare among penstemon - are sweetly scented. Plant Palmer’s penstemon in a sunny location with well-draining soil. It is tolerant of occasional summer water once established.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen