Plant of the Month: April 2012


POTM: April 2012 | Palmer's PenstemonPalmer’s Penstemon

Penstemon palmeri


  • Plant Form: Perennial
  • Water Use: Very Low
  • Mature Size: 4’ tall, 3’ wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: April-June
  • Native to: So. Calif., to Arizona & Utah
  • Hardiness: Cold Hardy -10° F to 0° F


Penstemons are a group of showy perennial herbs that bring bright color to gardens while attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. This fragrant pink Penstemon is a real showstopper. Palmer’s Penstemon thrives in the hottest, harshest conditions, is naturally drought-tolerant, and is irresistible to hummingbirds. Other star-performing Penstemons for our desert include Parry’s Penstemon (hot pink), Eaton’s Firecracker (scarlet), Canyon Penstemon (rose-purple), and Coral Penstemon (bright coral).