Paean To Penstemon

In late spring Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ enlivens my garden meditation circle with red-inspired stems and leaves and spires of white blooms.

Occasionally a flower’s throat is lightly brushed with ruby.

Hummingbirds recently visited these beauties; butterflies and bees are also attracted.

The plants have self-seeded over the years, usually parking themselves directly in the meditator’s path, rather than along the labyrinth’s wall as designed. But it is easy to relocate them or for that matter to simply to step aside mindfullyobserving, noticing–feeling gratitude.

Verbena bonariensis peeking from among the Penstemon

While other penstemon (beardtongue) are short-lived in my garden Husker Red thrives.

20 thoughts on “Paean To Penstemon

  1. Kris P

    Oh, to have that Penstemon self-seed in my garden! I’ve had mixed, and more generally poor, luck in growing Penstemons. I tried ‘Husker Red’ in my old garden and it promptly died but perhaps I need to give it another try in my current one. (Plentiful rain leads to delusions, usually temporary ones.)

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I love the blue and purple Penstemons but they die out quickly. For some reason Husker Red is content here. You must be over the moon this year with all the rain.

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  2. Cathy

    You’ve so much to be grateful for – a self-seeding penstemon! And such a beauty too. I do love to see a mass of one plant that is perfectly happy.

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  3. tonytomeo

    They are short lived? The common types here are perennial. They are popular because they are (remotely) related to the natives. I have never had them self sow. They are hybrids, so are probably nearly sterile.

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  4. gardeninacity

    I love Penstemon. I have both ‘Husker Red’ and the straight species Smooth Penstemon. I love watching the bees climb in and out of the tubular flowers.

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