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PlantFiles: Small's Penstemon, Beardtongue
Penstemon smallii 'Violet Dusk'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: smallii (SMAL-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Violet Dusk

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Tammylp On Jun 9, 2010, Tammylp from Lima, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a carefree plant and is lovely when in bloom (picture). In Spring, it begins to grow but appears weedy until it becomes full grown and flowers. Then before its bloom time is finished, foliage begins to deteriorate; so I cut it back, however the new foliage is not attractive...just much weedier looking than other penstemons I have. It gets moved to the back this year.

Positive kerrystack On Apr 6, 2010, kerrystack from Lakewood, OH wrote:

Bought this on clearance from some big box chain last year. Planted it and forgot it. Weeding this year's garden and noticed it growing. Apparently doesn't need pampering through a zone 5 winter ;)


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atlanta, Georgia
Plainfield, Illinois
Norton, Massachusetts
Pinconning, Michigan
Saint James, Missouri
Windsor, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Lakewood, Ohio
Lima, Ohio
Port Dover, Ontario
Campobello, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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