(Penstemon Hartwegii ‘Scarlet Queen’)
Scarlet Queen Penstemon is a short-lived perennial flower native to Mexico but grows in open deserts and moist forests throughout the southern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches a height of 36” and features hairy upright stems, narrow lance-shaped green leaves, and tubular white two-lipped flowers with scarlet red edgings. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, tolerates drought, is resistant to deer, and is used as a cut flower!
Variety: Scarlet Queen Penstemon
Native to: Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southwest.
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Bloom): June to September
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Attracts Beneficial Insects: Yes. Attracts Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant
Sow Depth: on soil surface
USDA Zone: 4a-9b
Produces: hairy upright stems, narrow lance-shaped green leaves, and tubular white two-lipped flowers that have scarlet red edgings.
Palmer’s penstemon is found in blackbrush, sagebrush, Joshua tree, pinyon-juniper, and ponderosa pine communities where subsurface moisure is available from 800 to 2500 m in elevation.
Native companion plants for the pond edge: Gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), Kansas Gayfeather (Liatris pycnostachya), Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis), or Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccafolium)
Native Companion plants for rock gardens: Evening Primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa), Shortstem spiderwort (Tradescantia tharpii), Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe involucrata), Narrow-leaf Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)
(Liatris ligulistylis ‘Meadow’)
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Meadow Blazing Star is a native clump-forming perennial flower commonly found growing in prairies and woods where gravel accumulates along streams and on rocky slopes throughout the northern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 4-5' tall and features 1 1/2” semi-spear-shaped spiked heads that are covered in 1” feathery deep rose-purple flowers that rest on firm leafy flower stalks which protrude from a tuft of 6” green grass like narrow leaves. This plant can be grown in containers, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, provides bird forage, can be used as a cut flower, and is resistant to deer!
(Asclepias tuberosa ‘Butterfly Weed’)
Butterfly Weed Milkweed is a native perennial flower that grows in prairies, open woods, fields, and along roadsides throughout most of the United States. When mature, this plant can grow up to 2-3'. It is characterized by hairy, upright stems, lance-shaped leaves, and striking clusters of orangish-yellow flowers on top. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, and ladybugs, is resistant to deer, tolerates drought, self-sows, and has medicinal properties!
(Tradescantia occidentalis ‘Prairie Spiderwort’)
Prairie Spiderwort is a native clump-forming perennial flower that can be commonly found growing in hill and elevated sand prairies, and along roadsides and railroads throughout the mid-west and central United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2' and features branching stems, long narrow leaves, and 3 petaled violet-blue flowers that have yellow anthers. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, is resistant to deer and rabbits, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!