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Pennisetum orientale Oriental fountain grass Z 5-10
Showy, white to pinkish inflorescences summer thru fall.
Showy, white to pinkish inflorescences summer thru fall. Richard Darke, grass guru, describes this as “One of the most striking hardy fountain grasses. Low growing, compact and exceptionally floriferous … Blooms over an unusually long period from late June through October”
Size: 2' x 2'
Care: sun in well-drained soil or moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant and drought tolerant.
Native: central & SW Asia
Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Picks
The plant is named for its soft inflorescences; Latin penna and seta mean feather-bristle. This species collected before 1821.
Penstemon grandiflorus Large beard tongue Z 3-9
Large pink to lavender trumpets
Large pink to lavender trumpets along the 3’ stem in early summer
Size: 3’ x 10”
Care: sun in well-drained soil
Native: IL to N. Dakota, south to TX, Wisconsin
Wildlife Value: attracts Baltimore butterfly
Discovered by Thomas Nuttall, describing it as “splendid and beautiful,”on his trip up the Missouri River in 1811. Cured chest pains and stomach aches for the Dakota and chills and fever for the Pawnee.
Penstemon strictus Rocky Mountain penstemon Z 3-8
Spikes of deep purplish-red bells in summer
Spikes of deep purplish-red bells in summer. Great cut flower
Size: 30" x 24"
Care: Full sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant
Native: Wyoming to Arizona
Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds
Penstemon is named for its five stamens, penta meaning five and stemon meaning stamen in Greek. Strictus means “erect.” This species introduced before 1884.
Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian sage Z 5-9
Showy subshrub with tall spikes covered by tiny lavender blue tubes
Showy subshrub with tall spikes covered by tiny lavender blue tubes from July to October. One of the best shrubby plants with its graceful form, its tough constitution and long bloom.
Size: 4' x 3'
Care: full sun in well-drained soil, drought tolerant, deer resistant.
Awards: Great Plant Pick Award from Elizabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden and Perennial Plant Association 1995 Perennial Plant of the Year.
Perovskia was named for V.A. Perovski, governor of a Russian province in central Asia around 1890. Introduced to American gardens in 1904. Recommended by Gertrude Jekyll in 1908.