Southwest Plant of the Month – Hill Country Penstemon – Penstemon triflorus

General Information

Plant Form Flower Plant Size 2′ x 1′
Plant Type Perennial Water Usage Low
Sunlight Sun, Partial Shade Colors Red


Physical Description:  Small bushy stature with multiple, short flowering stems just rising over the compact mass of dark green leaves, carrying a number of slightly fuzzy cherry-red, 2′ long flowers.

Care and Maintenance:  Remove spent stems to maintain compact bushy appearance.  Needs well draining soil.

 Gardener’s notes:  This central Texas native is well adapted to El Paso’s dry limestone soils.

Another eastern Texas species, P. tenuis, requires considerably more moisture and richer soils but is sometimes available.

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