Also called Penstemon grandiflorus ‘War Axe.' This is a colorful seed strain mixture of “showy beardtongue," having ornamental green-gray succulent/leathery looking leaves and big flowers up to 2” long! The flower color can be white, lavender, pink, or purple. This perennial has a strictly upright habit. The best use is in dry garden or xeriscape with other drought loving or drought tolerant perennials like Asclepias tuberosa, Asclepias verticillata, Coreopsis, Echinacea tennesseensis, Dalea, Oenothera or grasses like Sporobolus heterolepis or Stipa. Can be used as a cut flower.
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Blooming Time: May/June
Size: 26-36” high x 12” wide
USDA Zones: 3 to 8
Culture: Sun, half sun. Soil needs to be drained, preferably poor and has to contain rocky or sandy components. This Penstemon will not grow in clay!
Moisture Needs: dry-medium, dry
Origin: original species ranging from North Dakota to Wyoming, Texas and Illinois, listed as an endangered wildflower in some states. Cultivar (seed strain) developed from the Seeba hybrids by Mary Ann Heacock of Denver.
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes/yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: yes, attracts long-tongued pollinators like mason bees, bumble bees and pollen seeking sweat bees.
Attracts Hummingbirds: attracts hummingbirds and other birds too (seeds)
Pot Size: 3.5" x 4" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)