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
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Less than 10" (with irrigation)
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Mature Plant Size4-5' tall
Bloom TimeSummer
ShippingDue to current circumstances, new orders will begin shipping the week of June 8th. Please note that despite shipping delays, there is still time to plant! In most areas of the US, there is plenty of time to plant your seeds into mid-June. Learn More…
SKUHC017629

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
HC017655 (1 Pound)
HC017653 (1 Ounce)
HC017654 (1/4 Pound)
HC017656 (Packet) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Palmer's Penstemon
Botanical Name
Penstemon palmerii
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink
Bloom Time
Summer
Mature Height
4-5' tall
Wildflower Mix or Specie
Species
Ships As
Seed
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Seeds Per Pound
507,000
Seeds Per Packet
307
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, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise, Drought Resistant / Waterwise, Well Draining
Amount Of Rain
Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Evergreen
Ships To Canada
Yes
Planting Guides

Step-by-Step Wildflower Seed Planting Instructions

  1. Check for your last frost date and plant after this has passed. Choose a spot on your property that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day unless you are planting seeds for shade.
  2. Prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat. If this is an area that has never before been gardened, you may need to till the area up to remove growth.
  3. Mix the seeds with sand* for better visibility and scatter the seeds directly on top of the soil. If you are sowing a larger area, we recommend using a seed spreader; if not, you can sow by hand.
  4. We recommend lightly compressing the seeds into the soil, making sure not to bury them. You can either walk on them, use a board or if you are sowing a larger area, rent a seed roller.
  5. Water so that the soil is moist, not soaking wet, until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, we recommend watering occasionally.
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Due to current circumstances, new orders will begin shipping the week of June 8th.

Please note that despite shipping delays, there is still time to plant! In most areas of the US, there is plenty of time to plant your seeds into mid-June.

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