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Small-flower penstemon is a pollinator powerhouse and one of my most recommended plants. It has a lot going for it: shiny dark green foliage that stays green all year,  low water use, loads of attractive blue-purple flowers that draw in masses of tiny native bees, and a clumping habit that is well-suited to garden life. Additionally, it tolerates a wide range of conditions as long as the soil is well-drained. 

 

The color and timing of flowering for this plant (mid to late sping) make it a perfect companion for the yellow blooms of woolly groundsel, but I also love it with Antennaria, sticky geranium, and alumroot. This plant does  have a tendency to spread a little via seed, so keep that in mind if you are hoping for a very ordered garden. 

small-flower penstemon

  • Penstemon procerus

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