Plant HIghlight: Firecracker Penstemon
Penstemon is a native plant to the South Western United States and grows as a perennial. The brightly colored blooms add interest and texture to a landscape in the spring and summer. The blooms are tubular and will attract a variety of pollenizers to your garden. Once established penstemon is drought-tolerant and very easy to maintain.
If you live in Southern California, it’s not too late to plant your native wildflower seeds. (And rain in the forecast this week = greater chances of sowing success 🌧🌱🤝) On a recent trip to native flora legend @theodorepayne, the team pointed out seeds that can be sowed through the end of the month. Like the CA state flower, the golden poppy! Other take-homes included a pink blooming penstemon with one long creeper of a stem 👥🌸 #eschscholziacalifornica#penstemon#wildflowers
This was my only ‘flower bed’ at our old house. Not big, but it gave me room to experiment with planting for year round interest. Can’t wait to start planting up the herbaceous borders in this new garden, and see if any forgotten perennials spring to life?!
📷 If this photo could talk, this is the story it would tell:
@michael.kauffmann took this glorious sunrise shot of a #Penstemon on the morning of our first wedding anniversary: July 14, 2008.
We were camped on a rocky ledge above Devil's Punchbowl in our beloved Siskiyou Wilderness. Wildfires to the east were pumping out smoke — not enough to burn your eyes and throat, but plenty to change the quality of the light and keep other backpackers away from this semi-popular destination.
I (@earth2allison) watched my semi-new husband take this photo with just one eye. That was all I allowed exposed from my cinched tight sleeping bag. If you are lucky enough to be the special kind of person that mosquitos love, these are the precautions one must sometimes take. And in this special spot the skeeters were THICK. And the temperature? HOT. This is not a good combo when camping sans tent. After protecting myself in my down and nylon cocoon all night you can imagine what the humidity level was like inside this necessary shelter. Steamy, and not in a good way. I remember my legs being so slick with sweat I could not sleep on my side as they kept sliding off each other. So romantic, eh?! #eww#makingmemories
But alas the trip was memorable, the wildflowers bountiful, and we have the pics to prove it. How fun to see this one reemerge in information about the California Native Plant Society!
This is an organization whose mission we both believe strongly in and work hard to promote. And the feeling is mutual: they have been great supporters of our books, even partnering on several of our projects, including the new Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps. Thank you, @cal_native_plant_society ! If you’re in CA and you haven’t already, consider joining your local chapter.
I'm a bit slap-dash when it comes to cuttings -I don't really have a method to the madness and tend experiment with different environments to see which ones take to rooting better. These penstemon have been the easiest so far, 80% hit rate atleast, will have to stop or I'm going to end up with too many 😬 #cuttings#penstemon#perennial#perennials#perennialgarden
Penstemon digitalis 'Smooth White Penstemon' is a native of Missouri, while I'm more familiar with the cultivar P.d. 'Huskers Red' this species is a delight, from its clump of glossy green leaves to numerous 40cm spires of pure white bells. It's always exciting when a new plant flowers for the first time, raised from seed it's been a two year wait but certainly worth it! #penstemon#penstemondigitalis#perennials#perennial#southcoast
Nice to meet you all #penstemon Cha Cha purple, #gladioluspapilio Ruby and #dahlia Mary's Jomander. Trying to slowly bulk up the supplies of each via cuttings, bulblets (maybe seed?) and tuber division/cuttings respectively. I love propagation🌱🤓! Does anyone know if penstemon cultivars come true from seed? Happily they're pretty easy from stem cuttings and layering. Which penstemons do you love and which are good for stem length and vase life?
You may have noticed that I have a lot of flower pictures. This is because I had a plant nursery up until 3 years ago. This is one of the last "new" varieties of Penstemon that we grew, called Grandiflorus meaning large flowered - in reality the flowers are small but very pretty 😏
Penstemon flower spikes are a sign of spring. It's a bit early, but the hummingbirds will enjoy the nectar nonetheless while other flowers are taking a break for winter. .