Smooth Penstemon

Botanical Name: Penstemon digitalis

En français: Penstemon

Penstemon digitalis is one of the few Penstemons that thrives in clay. The white flowers bloom for a month or longer, and look great with the blue flowers of Ohio Spiderwort and Blue Eyed Grass. At 3′ high this clump-forming perennial does well in full sun to light shade, and tolerates seasonally damp conditions.

Mass in sunny borders, wild gardens, native plant gardens or naturalized areas.

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Width: 46-61 cm

Water: Does not require a lot of water (is drought tolerant)

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Native to Eastern Canada

Best Soil: Loam, sand

Its natural habitat: Fields and meadows, borders.

Caring for Smooth Penstemon

Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Avoid wet, poorly drained soils.

Deadhead after flowering unless seed is needed.

Watch for slugs, snails and mites.

References:

http://ontariowildflowers.com/main/species.php?id=22


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