Palmer's Penstemon Seeds

Plant Palmer's Penstemon seeds (Penstemon palmerii) for towering pale pink blooms that command the attention of gardeners and hummingbirds alike. One of the few fragrant penstemon species, Palmer's Penstemon is a drought-tolerant, heat-loving perennial native to the Southwest. At High Country Gardens, all seeds are non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Perennial.
Zones4 - 9
Attract Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Spread 4-5' tall
Bloom TimeSummer
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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(48-60" tall) Palmer’s Penstemon forms an evergreen mound of stems sporting pairs of prickly, gray-green leaves. The magic starts in early summer, when stems surge upward to become towering flower spikes with bulbous, lipped blooms in shades of pale pink (similar to snapdragons). Ideal as a dramatic focal point that draws the eye even at a distance, Palmer's Penstemon also merits a place along a path or near a patio, where you can enjoy the flowers' delightful scent and watch the hummingbirds as they hover to sip the sweet nectar. Palmer's Penstemon is remarkably water-wise, durable, and very drought-resistant. Plant it in full sun and very well-drained soil, as it would get in its native habitat in desert canyons and washes. Other names for this deer-resistant and rabbit-resistant plant include Palmer's Beardtongue, Scented Penstemon, and Scented Beardtongue.

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Associated SKUsHC017629
HC017653 (1 Ounce)
HC017654 (1/4 Pound)
HC017655 (1 Pound)
HC017656 (Packet) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Palmer's Penstemon
Botanical Name
Penstemon palmeri
Seed Life Cycle
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Bloom Time
Mature Height
4-5' tall
Wildflower Mix or Specie
Ships As
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Seeds Per Pound
Seeds Per Packet
Seed Coverage
1/4 lb covers 2,720 sq ft.
1 lb covers 10,890 sq ft.
4 lb covers an acre
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Very Waterwise, Waterwise
Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Native, Evergreen, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Rabbit Resistant
Ships To Canada
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