What is blooming in the Habitat

What a nice surprise to see this penstemon blooming in the pollinator habitat. Penstemon grandiflorus or large-flowered beardtongue is native to Nebraska. This plant prefers full sun to partial shade, dry conditions and can tolerate poor soil. At mature height it can reach 2 feet. It has amazing large, tubular pink to purple flowers that bloom for just a short time in May to June. Bumblebees are attracted to this penstemon. I planted seeds in October 2013 and we are now rewarded by its beautiful flowers.
MJ

Penstemon grandiflorus  blooming in the habitat.

Penstemon grandiflorus blooming in the habitat.

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About MJ Frogge

UNL Extension Horticulturist Lancaster County

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