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Salvia penstemonoides

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Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: penstemonoides (pen-stem-on-OY-deez) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

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

Foliage:
Evergreen
Aromatic

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Profile:

4 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive spgarden On Jun 7, 2010, spgarden from Spring Branch, TX wrote:

purchased from High Country Gardens two years ago for Texas natives garden. Deer browsed heavily so it did not flower first two seasons, and only formed a small clump. This season I spray with deer repellant once per week, and it is now in full bloom and almost 3 feet high.

Positive Marilynbeth On Jul 26, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Bought this in 2005 from High Country Gardens. Stated it was hardy in zone 6 and it is for me. Love this plant! Beautiful flowers! Beautiful color! Wouldn't be without it!

Positive frostweed On Mar 3, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Salvia Penstemonoides, is a Texas Endemic and was thought to be extinct untill it was rediscovered in South Central Texas in 1996.
This plant is evergreen and likes sun and moist soil. It blooms most of the summer and is a great hummingbird attractor.

Positive jameso On Dec 27, 2005, jameso from Longview, TX wrote:

Very happy with the plant. Every time the hummingbirds came to my garden they visited tis plant. It seems to be weathering the winter.

Regional...

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

Glendora, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Derby, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Merryville, Louisiana
Lincoln, Nebraska
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Belton, Texas
Crawford, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Longview, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Spring Branch, Texas



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