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.