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wilcox penstemon

Penstemon wilcoxii

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low - medium
full sun - part shade
upright
6 - 24"
blue - purple
summer

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E. Conrad

Wilcox penstemon makes an impression when planted in groups
Wilcox penstemon makes an impression when planted in groups

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Perfect in moist woodland, here with snowberry, mariposa lily, and sticky geranium.
Perfect in moist woodland, here with snowberry, mariposa lily, and sticky geranium.

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Evergreen paddle-shaped leaves
Evergreen paddle-shaped leaves

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Wilcox penstemon makes an impression when planted in groups
Wilcox penstemon makes an impression when planted in groups

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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You can't go wrong adding wilcox penstemon to your garden lineup. Tall stems covered in blue and purple tube-shaped flowers lure in passing bees, while the low-growing evergreen leaves with maroon undersides nestle neatly around rocks and between other plants. Wilcox penstemon will grow taller with some light shade, but don't be afraid to put it in full sun. Once established it is incredibly drought tolerant, and is a good choice for steep dry slopes. Plant in groups of three or more for best effect.