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didn’t bloom last year,cut back nice new leaves but still no flower.heard they dont live long,is the plant done?planted new cutting,nice leaves but still no flowers,does this take more than one season?
Their are hundreds of varieties of Penstemon, and the growing zone and hardiness depends on the variety.
It may be too cold for the particular variety that you have planted.
Too cold or too warm and Penstemon will act as an annual.
The ASPCA has a website with a directory of plants poisonous to pets: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants
I previously asked whether penstemen is poisonous to dogs. Answers posted referred me to the excellent ASPCA reference, which I actually had already checked prior to posting my question. I posted the question because neither their “poisonous” nor “non-poisonous” list includes penstemen. I’ll continue to check with other animal poison control sites and monitor this Gardening website to see if anyone else has other ideas,.
I assume you've talked to your vet, the person who will have the most up-to-date info. I was able to find this reference: http://www.wildflower.org/expert/show.php?id=12470
It certainly isn't among the most toxic plants listed for cats but it isn't listed as safe either. (https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/cats-plant-list). That probably means there just isn't any information either way. I've grown penstemon for years and I've never seen my feline show any interest in it. It is always best to check with your local vet.
I planted my beard-tongue in a pot with Jerusalem Sage a couple of weeks ago. It’s been dry where we live (Central Texas) so I’ve watered it every 2-3 days to get the roots established. The lower leaves are turning brown. Am I over watering? Do I cut those off, do I trim the spent flowers? As well as the Jerusalem Sage – do I trim the spent flowers? Thank you!
Check the soil, is should be evenly moist. Do not let the roots dry out or sit in soggy soil.
Make sure the container has drainage.
In temperatures over 85 degrees F you may need to water twice a day.
Yes, deadheading the spent flowers will help encourage more flowering.