a superb penstemon

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coral PENSTEMON
PENSTEMON superbus
SCROPHULARIACEAE

  • PLANTS 1' TALL, USUALLY GROWING SLIGHTLY WIDER, FLOWERS SPIKES TO 6'

  • 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 penstemon gets its species name from its impressive flowers--in April and May, coral penstemon (Penstemon superbus) sends up spikes of vivid coral flowers as tall as six feet in the spring. At that height, this truly makes this one superb! 

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). 

Coral Penstemon occurs at elevations of 3500-5500 feet, in the rocky canyons and washes of Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Mexico. This one is loved by the native bees as much as it is loved by hummingbirds. 

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Katherine Gierlach