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smallflower penstemon

Penstemon procerus

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low - medium
full sun - part shade
upright
6 - 12"
purple
spring - summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Evergreen foliage creeps slightly, making it a good slope stabilizer
Evergreen foliage creeps slightly, making it a good slope stabilizer

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Moist open forest/meadow habitat
Moist open forest/meadow habitat

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Evergreen foliage creeps slightly, making it a good slope stabilizer
Evergreen foliage creeps slightly, making it a good slope stabilizer

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Smallflower penstemon is a garden superstar that attracts absurd numbers of native pollinators with dense clusters of deep purple flowers while dark evergreen leaves provide year-round interest. It tolerates a wide variety of light and soil conditions, including dry partial shade. This penstemon is shorter and bushier than wilcox penstemon, and looks lovely with sticky geranium, slender cinquefoil, alumroot, and pinegrass.