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Penstemon procerus

 
Penstemon procerus
small-flowered penstemon
Penstemon procerus
Our plants have slender, pointed leaves, and a somewhat lax habit

Common name small-flowered penstemon
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3)
Flowers blue or white (May)
Size 2"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed give a month moist cold, then germinate at room temperature with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below

Low-growing, mat-forming species. Our seed came from the Nisqually Cream variety, which has creamy white flowers rather than the blue of the plain species – but the offspring has reverted to blue. The flowers are so small (maybe a quarter inch long), I had to do a double-take when I noticed them coming into bloom in mid-May. Definitely the smallest-flowered penstemon I've grown thus far. Still, the effect of a plant with multiple flowering stems will be quite nice.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Read about all the penstemon species in our garden

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Nisqually Cream' from '05 trade. Pot sown outside Jan 2, ~20 seedlings by May 2
  2. Seed from '08 trade, stored cold over summer. Baggy 35F (4w) - 70F with light (56%G, 2-16d). Low survival rate.
  3. Seed from '14 trade, cold-stored. Baggy 35F (4w) - 70F with light (75%G, 4-10d)


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