a penstemon with landing stripes

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hill country PENSTEMON
PENSTEMON triflorus
SCROPHULARIACEAE

  • compact foliage with flowers rising 2' above, spreading to about 2'

  • PERENNIAL

  • regular to moderate water (low to terrace zone)

  • FULL SUN TO PART SHADE

  • HARDY TO ABOUT MID 10º F

  • NECTAR PLANT FOR hummingbirds, BUTTERFLIES AND INSECTS

This Texas native, hill country penstemon (Penstemon triflorus) is one of the first Penstemons to bloom, starting in early February and continuing to send up flower spikes through April. The deep rose-colored flowers have streaks down the throat which guide pollinators (especially native bees) into its throat. 

With penstemons, we suggest you plant as many species as possible so as to extend and differentiate your blooming season--different penstemons bloom at different times, with slightly different colors. It is important to keep your hummers happy throughout the season is important (yes, you probably already know this is a hummingbird magnet). 

All penstemons love well-drained soil. Full to part sun is best.

This is one of the penstemons that seem to be even more important to native bees than hummingbirds, though the hummingbirds love this species too. 

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Katherine Gierlach