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Penstemon rydbergii var. oreocharis

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Species Name: Penstemon rydbergii var. oreocharis
Common Name: Meadow Penstemon

Native to moist meadows in montane and subalpine forests, this is a great penstemon for an area with regular water or for gardens at high elevations. Best in afternoon shade in hot inland areas.

Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Basal w/ upright flowering stems
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to: 9000'
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Blue-purple
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, Great Basin
Natural Habitat: Moist meadows, streambanks, generally in montane to subalpine forests. Elevation: 3600-9300'

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