Penstemon ovatus (Broad-leaved Penstemon)
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Plant Description: Large, upright. Leaves broadly egg-shaped, with wide base, strongly saw-toothed, lower on short petioles, stalkless on upper stem. Inflorescence gland-covered, loose to tight whorls of many flowers. Flowers deep blue to purple, 3/4 in. long, hairy staminode extending slightly outward.
- Height: 24-48"
- Width: up to 2"
- Watering needs: Regular, but not excessive
- Sun needs: Partial shade to partial sun
- Soil needs: Prefers rocky, fast-draining soil
- Bloom Time: Late spring-early summer
- Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes
Landscape Use and Ecological Function: Though all types of Penstemon naturally grow in partial sun to shady places on mossy rocks and outcrops, Broad-leaved Penstemon is more tolerant of moisture and various soil types. Likes damp sites along forest edges and can be planted at the edge of rain gardens. Fantastic pollinator plant that attract hummingbirds, native bees, and more. Foliage creates cover for tiny soil-dwelling creatures.
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