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Palmer Penstemon, Balloon Flower
Scientific Name: Penstemon palmeri Gray
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 10-13
USDA: 6-10

Heat Tolerance: Difficult to keep alive in summer in zone 13

Sun Exposure: sun-part shade

Origin: California, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, up to 7000 feet elevation (2100 m)

Growth Habits: Perennial, occasionally with a woody base, 2 to 3 feet tall (60-90 cm) or more, 2 feet spread (60 cm); blue-grey foliage

Watering Needs: Low water use, drought resistant, needs excellent drainage

Propagation: Seeds in early spring, division

The species is named after Edward Palmer (1831-1911), an English botanist that collected many plants in the southern and southwestern USA and Mexico.

Blooming Habits:
Penstemon palmeri has 3 feet tall flower spikes (90 cm) of scented large fuzzy pinkish-white flowers, 1 to 2 inches long (2.5-5 cm), in late spring to early summer.

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