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Penstemon venustus (Venus Penstemon)

Venus Penstemon, Venus Beardtongue, Lovely Penstemon, Beautiful Penstemon, Shrubby Venus Penstemon, Alpine Penstemon, Elegant Beardtongue


Penstemon venustus (Venus Penstemon) is a long-lived, herbaceous perennial to woody subshrub with several ascending to erect stems boasting showy wands of large, lavender to purple flowers, 1.5 in. long (4 cm) in early to mid summer. The blossoms attract bees, butterflies and numerous pollinators. Arising from a strong taproot, the stems are clad with stiff, lanceolate, usually sharply serrate leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm). Venus Penstemon is a good plant for water-wise landscaping, soil stabilization, rock gardens, desert gardens, and other ornamental plantings. Venus Penstemon is also chiefly used in wildlife habitat enhancement projects and restoration efforts.

  • Grows up to 1-3 ft. tall (30-90 cm) and 18 in. wide (45 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in shallow rocky and sandy loam, well-drained soils. It does not grow well in areas with poor drainage. Drought tolerant once established. Penstemons need very little water and barely any fertilizer.
  • Provides a bold impact in beds and borders, cottage gardens, rock gardens or in prairie plantings. Great for naturalistic planting schemes.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • As plants become dormant in the fall, remove dead leaves and stems.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Utah.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Penstemon - Beardtongues
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Utah
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Penstemon - Beardtongues
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Utah
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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