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Penstemon speciosus

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Penstemon speciosus
Penstemon speciosus

Species Name: Penstemon speciosus
Common Name: Showy Penstemon

Robust Penstemon reaching four feet high and wide. Hybridizes frequently with other Penstemons. Occasional water lengthens bloom season but may shorten the plant's lifespan.

Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 4' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Upright, sometimes sprawling
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Blue/violet
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Transverse and Peninsular Ranges of southern California; Mexico
Natural Habitat: gravelly and sandy slopes of Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral, Oak Woodland below 7500'

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