Rock Penstemon

Penstemon baccharifolius

Also called Rock Beardtongue and Cut-leaf Penstemon this perennial can bloom from spring to fall, which gives it the longest bloom period of any penstemon.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Near Native
Origin: Texas
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Size: 2′ x 2′
Sun: Full to part sun
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Prefers well drained soil
Temperature: Hardy to about 0 degrees F
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Attracts Hummingbirds, special value to native bees. Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia), the Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona), owlet moths (family Noctuidae), geometrid moths (family Geometridae), and the hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe)
Notes: The more wild versions of this plant have some indentation on the edges of the leaves. Some selections sold on the market are bred for flower color and are not as tough.

Photo by pufferchung


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