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

Mar 1, 2019 | Plant of the Month

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.


Look for News in Your Favorite Category