Broad-Leaved Penstemon, Penstemon ovatus

Broad-Leaved Penstemon

Penstemon ovatus

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Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 4, 5
Soil Conditions: Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture: Dry, Medium
Color: Blue
Fragrance: No
Height: 1-3 feet
Spacing: 1 foot

 Description
Broad-Leaved Penstemon (Penstemon ovatus) has deep blue flowers of appear above shiny, deep green leaves on this perfectly proportioned plant. Penstemon ovatus does beautifully in temperate climates with rich, loose soil, in full sun or light shade.

Large, upright. Leaves broadly egg-shaped, with wide base, strongly saw-toothed, lower on short petioles, stalkless on upper stem. Inflorescence gland-covered, loose to tight whorls of many flowers. Flowers deep blue to purple, 3/4 inches long, hairy staminode extending slightly outward. Grows at low to mid elevations in shady places on mossy rocks and outcrops.

 Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Berries are toxic
  Cut back after flowering to stimulate new growth
  Divide every 3-4 years
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