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Penstemon centranthifolius - Scarlet Bugler

Penstemon centranthifolius is one of our most spectacular natives. The Scarlet Bugler blooms from April to June and longer if it gets some water. Penstemon centranthifolius tolerates a wide variety of soil types from sandy stream bank to heavy clay. The common denominator is that it needs to dry out during heat of the Summer. Excessive mulch can hold in the moisture too long. Penstemon centranthifolius is a great plant for the hummingbird garden. The Scarlet Bugler has foliage up to a foot tall and flower spikes up to 3 feet. Plants are hardy down to 0° F and likely below.

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Penstemon centrathifolius, Scarlet Bugler