Rodgersia and Penstemon digitalis

njtea(NJ Z6)June 11, 2007

Two questions:

1. If you grow Rodgersia, do you ever get flowers? Mine has been in the garden for several years now and I don't believe it has ever flowered. (My Ligularia took 5 or 6 years before it finally began to flower.)

2. Does anyone know where I can buy our native Penstemon?

Last year I had 5 of the growing around the yard; I'm now down to 1.

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birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)

There is a ton of it growing at the Stony Brook Watershed outside of Pennington - I don't know if they ever have plant sales but you could collect seeds.

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, PA sells wildflower seeds. I don't know when their next plant sale is.

I have some which flowered this year and I could send you seeds when they are ripe. The plants are about two feet tall, a good deal shorter than the ones at the Watershed and the seed came from Maryland originally.

P. smallii died here after going strong three years :( but P. 'Pikes Peak Purple' FINALLY bloomed after skulking for the same time. I'm guessing it will not make it through the winter, having bloomed. Very pretty while it lasts.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2007 at 10:12AM
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pontesmanny(z6/7 S NJ)

This is the 3rd year of bloom for Penstemon "Huskers Red" in my garden - very easy care. There are several species of penstemon that are native to the US.

pontesmanny

    Bookmark   June 11, 2007 at 10:56AM
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