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