Penstemon Seeds - Rocky Mountain
- Seed Count: 500 seeds
- Maturity Date: 60-75 days from transplanting
- Plant Type: Perennial
- Color: Vibrant blue to purple
- Plant Height: 2-3 feet
- Spread: 1.5-2 feet
- Sun Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Requirements: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil
History: The Rocky Mountain Penstemon is native to the western United States, particularly the mountainous regions. It's a highly valued plant not only for its stunning visual appeal but also for its ability to adapt to less-than-ideal soil conditions. Known scientifically as Penstemon strictus, this species has been cherished by native cultures and modern gardeners alike for its hardiness and its ability to attract pollinators.
Uses: This variety of Penstemon is primarily grown for its ornamental beauty. The flowers are tubular and appear in vibrant shades of blue to purple, providing a stunning contrast to its dark green foliage. Apart from their aesthetic appeal, the blooms attract various pollinators, particularly bees and hummingbirds, making them an excellent addition to pollinator-friendly gardens. Some traditional uses also include herbal applications, although it is predominantly valued for its aesthetic contributions to the landscape.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: Rocky Mountain Penstemon is a perennial plant that typically reaches heights of 2-3 feet with a spread of 1.5-2 feet. It prefers well-drained, moderately fertile soil but is relatively tolerant of poor soil conditions, including rocky and sandy soils. For optimal growth, a location with full sun to partial shade is ideal. To plant, sow the seeds shallowly, about 1/8 inch deep, in early spring or late fall. Space the plants 18 to 24 inches apart to allow for mature spread. Once established, the plants are drought-tolerant, although regular watering will encourage more abundant flowering. With a maturity date ranging from 60 to 75 days post-transplant, you can look forward to a striking display of blooms in a relatively short period.