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Papaver atlanticum  Moroccan poppy
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Papaver atlanticum

(Moroccan poppy)

A sweet little perennial poppy native to Morocco. Small clumps of soft green foliage topped with cup-shaped crepe-papery blossoms that are a wonderful shade of salmon. Each flower lasts a day and are followed by handsome seed pods. Blooms over a long period in the summer. Plant in full sun with good drainage. Gets by on little water. Tends to seed about.
Pectiantia ovalis  coastal miterwort
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Pectiantia ovalis

(coastal miterwort)

Plant description coming soon.
Penstemon  'Catherine de la Mare' penstemon
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Penstemon 'Catherine de la Mare'


Beautiful electric blue tubular flowers blush purple as they age. Low (12 -18 inches tall) plant with a loose, open habit. Blooming begins in May and continues for a month or two. An easy and hardy penstemon requiring moderate water and sun to light shade. Wonderful for the front of borders. Adored by hummingbirds and bees.
Penstemon  'Enor' border penstemon
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Penstemon 'Enor'

(border penstemon)

Garden designer Kate Frey gave us this Border Penstemon along with high praise for its particularly long bloom season. Narrow tubes of rich burgundy flowers bloom throughout the summer. The compact, bushy foliage is deep-green and shiny with reddish stems, growing 2-3 foot tall and wide. Best in full sun with regular to moderate summer water. Hummingbird magnet.  
Penstemon  'Firebird' penstemon
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Penstemon 'Firebird'


Easy to grow, long blooming perennial, forming a compact clump of dark green narrow leaves 2-3 ft. tall. Showy bright red tubular flowers bloom over a long period beginning in late spring and will continue into the summer. Cutting back spent flowers can lengthen flowering period. Plant in full sun with moderate watering. Drought tolerant along the coast, requiring summer water inland. Attractive to bees and hummingbirds.
Penstemon 'Chiapas'
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Penstemon 'Chiapas'

This Penstemon offers a unique growth habit, with strong erect stems rising to 4 or 5 ft. tall. No flopping here, this perennial forms a vertical tower of apple green, triangular leaves that are slightly sticky. Chubby, purple, open mouth flowers bloom along each stem tip in mid summer. Plant in full sun with moderate summer water. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are all attracted to its flowers. Deer resistant.  
Penstemon azureus  azure penstemon
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Penstemon azureus

(azure penstemon)

Native to the mountains of California and Oregon where it grows in woodland and chaparral plant communities. Forms a tidy mound of bluish-green leaves 1-2 ft. tall and wide with bright blue tubular flowers late spring into summer. Requires good drainage and sun to light shade. This species is drought tolerant but prefers occasional summer water and is more garden tolerant than most native Penstemons. Attractive to bees and hummingbirds.
Penstemon barbatus 'Coral Baby' beard lip Penstemon
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Penstemon barbatus 'Coral Baby'

(beard lip Penstemon)

This dazzling selection of Penstemon is from the Plant Select program of Colorado. Forms a tidy, compact mound of bright green foliage to around 15 inches tall by 12 inches or so wide. Late spring brings upright spikes of eye catching coral-pink tubular flowers which attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Full sun with good drainage and moderate to occasional summer water.
Penstemon barbatus 'Riding Hood Red' beard lip penstemon
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Penstemon barbatus 'Riding Hood Red'

(beard lip penstemon)

Trumpet-shaped blossoms of coral-red arise on thick stems up to 2 ft. high on this Dutch selection of the beardlip penstemon. Originating from the American Southwest, this superlative species offers flowers from late spring to the end of summer, enticing hummingbirds, bees and butterflies into the garden. Light green, lanceolate leaves grow densely at the base and climb up the stout stalks. This selection has proven to be very garden tolerant, liking full sun and moderate to infrequent irrigation. 
Penstemon centranthifolius  scarlet buglar
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Penstemon centranthifolius

(scarlet buglar)

  Custom made for hummingbirds, this Penstemon sports an abundance of bright-red to orange-red tubular flowers from late spring into summer. Native to dry habitats in the North Coast Ranges south to Mexico and east to the Southern Sierra, growing in chaparral and openings in woodlands below 6000 ft. Thick, blue-green leaves form a rosette 1 – 2 ft. tall and wide. Long flower spikes rise 2 – 4 ft. above the waxy leaves with many narrow, tubular, scarlet blossoms. Likes full sun, lean soils and good drainage. Drought and cold tolerant. Hummingbird and butterfly favorite.
Penstemon davidsonii  Davidson's penstemon
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Penstemon davidsonii

(Davidson's penstemon)

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Penstemon eatonii  firecracker penstemon
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Penstemon eatonii

(firecracker penstemon)

Adaptable and beautiful perennial native to the western United States including southeastern California. Narrow, leathery leaves form an evergreen rosette of foliage. Flower stalks rise 2-3 ft above the foliage. This form has brilliant red tubular flowers lining the erect stems in early summer. Requires good drainage, full sun to light shade and occasional to little summer water. Tolerates winter cold to 18 degrees and drought once established. Hummingbird favorite.
Penstemon fruticosus  shrubby penstemon
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Penstemon fruticosus

(shrubby penstemon)

Blue-purple, trumpet-shaped flowers with curvy, flared lips cover this diminutive mountain species with a showy display in spring or early summer. Truly a delightful and easy to grow mountain penstemon, only reaching about 12 inches high and spreading to about 1.5 ft, covered in dense, narrow leaves. Perfect for a container or in a rock garden with good drainage. Enjoys full sun to light shade and occasional to infrequent irrigation. Native to the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies, almost making it into California. A favorite of hummingbirds and enjoyed by bees.
Penstemon heterophyllus  foothill penstemon
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Penstemon heterophyllus

(foothill penstemon)

Iridescent blue-purple tubular flowers in short spikes put on a good show over a long period in spring and early summer. The spent flower spikes should be cut off to encourage more blooming, better form, and longer life. Best in full sun with well drained soils and moderate to little water once established.  Hummingbird favorite.
Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs' foothill penstemon
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Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs'

(foothill penstemon)

A seed strain of a highly variable native penstemon. Attractive narrow, shiny, bluish-green leaves topped with dense spikes of narrow bell-shaped blossoms of bright blue. Flowers late spring to early summer, growing to around 1 to 1 1/2 ft. tall and wide. The spent flower spikes should be cut off to encourage more blooming, better form, and longer life. Best in full sun with good drainage and moderate to little summer water.
Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP' foothill penstemon
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Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'

(foothill penstemon)

A fine selection of a native penstemon from Las Pilitas Nursery where this chance hybrid seedling was discovered at the “Bottom Of the Porch”. Forms a tidy mound 18 inches tall by 2 ft. or so wide. Iridescent blue-purple tubular flowers in short spikes put on a good show over a long period in spring and early summer. The spent flower spikes should be cut off to encourage more blooming, better form, and longer life. Best in full sun with well drained soils and moderate to little water once established.  'Margarita BOP' has proven particularly adaptable and has survived longer than other cultivars.  Hummingbird favorite.
Penstemon heterophyllus - Hood Mt. seed strain  foothill penstemon
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Penstemon heterophyllus - Hood Mt. seed strain

(foothill penstemon)

From the rugged Hood Mountain area, southeast of Santa Rosa, comes this local seed strain of foothill penstemon, which is showing promise as a particularly good performer. Proving to be vigorous and disease resistant, blooming freely with particularly large, vivid-blue, open-mouthed, tubular blossoms, spring into summer. An evergreen perennial, growing 1 -2 ft. tall and wide, for full sun with decent drainage, and little water once established. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are all attracted to the showy flowers. A great, local, seed grown alternative to the cutting grown 'Margarita BOP'.

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Penstemon newberryi

(mountain pride)

As the common name implies, this beauty is native to the mountains of California, Oregon and Nevada, where it grows in rocky habitats at high elevations.  Forms an evergreen mat, under a foot tall with thick, leathery leaves and gorgeous magenta-pink tubular flowers, in mid to late spring. Good drainage is a must for success and growing in a container is an option for those with heavy soils. Full sun to very light shade with occasional summer waterings. Can be challenging to cultivate, but well worth the extra effort. The showy flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Said to be deer resistant.
Penstemon palmeri  scented penstemon
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Penstemon palmeri

(scented penstemon)

Showy, grape-scented, pale pink flowers top blue-green, succulent-like foliage on vertical stalks reaching an astonishing 3 to 5 ft. in height. The bulbous flowers have given rise to the common name, ballon flower. Native to desert mountains of southern California and throughout the western United States. This penstemon is attractive to a multitude of pollinators, especially hummingbirds. Plant in full sun to light shade and provide good drainage. Drought tolerant once established. The tall but narrow flower stalks make this penstemon useful in narrow spaces where height is desired.
Penstemon parryi  Parry's penstemon
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Penstemon parryi

(Parry's penstemon)

An adaptable species from the desert southwest of the United States. Thick bluish-green foliage forms a low rosette up to 2 feet wide. Bright pink funnel-shaped flowers are produced in profusion on stems 1-3 ft. tall in spring. Good drainage and full sun with moderate to little water once established. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Penstemon pinifolius 'Mersea Yellow' yellow pineleaf penstemon
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Penstemon pinifolius 'Mersea Yellow'

(yellow pineleaf penstemon)

Forms a tidy shrublet of attractive bright-green needle-like leaves, growing 12 - 18 inches tall and wide. This unusual color variant sports clear-yellow tubular flowers, which are rare in the genus Penstemon. Native to Arizona and New Mexico, this clump former requires good drainage, full sun with moderate to infrequent summer water. Blooming late spring to early summer, the tubular flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.    
Penstemon pseudospectabilis  desert penstemon
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Penstemon pseudospectabilis

(desert penstemon)

From the southeast corner of the state comes this surprisingly adaptable penstemon, with prolific displays of magenta-purple, tubular flowers with flared mouths. Large, serrated, gray-green leaves line stems in attractive pairs. Flower stalks rise 2 – 3 ft. in spring, drawing in hummingbirds and bees. Even though this species is from the desert, it does quite well in local gardens with good drainage, full sun and occasional irrigation once established. Several local butterflies use the desert penstemon as a larval food source, including the common buckeye, variable checkerspot and Edith’s checkerspot.
Penstemon rostriflorus  Bridges' penstemon
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Penstemon rostriflorus

(Bridges' penstemon)

A wonderful addition to the dry garden, bringing late summer color through abundant, bright red, tubular flowers. Growing 24 – 36 inches tall and wide, with attractive, glossy foliage, that takes on red and bronze tones in winter. A late blooming Penstemon, beginning in July, provides copious nectar for hummingbirds as well as bees, butterflies, and moths. Tolerant of wide range of soils and conditions, plant in full sun to light shade with occasional water. Drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.
Penstemon spectabilis  royal penstemon
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Penstemon spectabilis

(royal penstemon)

A spectacular Penstemon native to dry, gravelly slopes of southern California and northern Baja. Demanding good drainage and full sun, this perennial grows 3 ft. or more tall with striking displays of lavender-purple tubular flowers. A challenging species with a sensational floral display, but can be short lived in northern California. Performs best in hot inland gardens. Take care not to over water. Highly attractive to hummingbirds as well as bees and butterflies.   
Penstemon strictus  Rocky Mt. penstemon
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Penstemon strictus

(Rocky Mt. penstemon)

Showy perennial, native to a number of states in the Rocky Mountains, where it grows in sage brush and coniferous forest communities. Forming clumps of neat evergreen foliage 8 - 10 inches tall by 36 inches wide. Mid to late spring brings flowering stems 2 foot or so above the foliage with deep blue-purple tubular flowers. Considered one of the easier to grow, tolerating heavier soil and moisture better than many Penstemon species. Still, good drainage is best with little summer water once established. Plant in full sun to light shade in hot regions. Very cold tolerant. Penstemons are attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.  


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