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Nold, Robert.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 1999.
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259 pages : color illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
An overview of penstemon -- Cultivation -- Morphology and pollination -- Habitat and distribution -- Nomenclature -- Divisions of the genus -- Species descriptions -- Related genera -- Hybrids -- Planting and transplanting -- Propagation -- Pests and diseases.
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SB413.P37 N65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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No matter what state you live in, you will find beautiful penstemons that will thrive in your terrain, whether hot desert exposure or dank shade.

Author Notes

Robert Nold has contributed numerous articles to Saximontana (the journal of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society), Rock Garden Quarterly, and American Horticulturist.

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Any horticultural monograph deserves to be welcomed, and a horticultural monograph for the genus Penstemon is particularly welcome. With about 250 to 270 species particularly in western North America (south to Guatemala and with one species in Japan and Northeast Asia), Penstomon (Penstemon) is, and has been for many years, a great favorite of North American alpine gardeners. The American Penstemon Society has published a great deal of information on individual plants and groups of plants, but much of that information is now difficult to find. The present volume, by an ardent cultivator of the genus, brings together a great deal of taxonomic information leavened with much firsthand cultural information. Particular attention must be given to the 19 black-and-white line drawings, the 12 color drawings, and the 43 color photographs. The book will be of great value to any student of the genus, botanical or horticultural, and essential for any botanical or horticultural library. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. G. P. DeWolf Jr.; emeritus, Massachusetts Bay Community College

Table of Contents

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Forewordp. 7
Prefacep. 11
Acknowledgmentsp. 15
Chapter 1. An Overview of Penstemonp. 17
Chapter 2. Cultivationp. 20
Chapter 3. Morphology and Pollinationp. 38
Chapter 4. Habitat and Distributionp. 50
Chapter 5. Nomenclaturep. 58
Chapter 6. Divisions of the Genusp. 64
Chapter 7. Species Descriptionsp. 93
Chapter 8. Related Generap. 196
Chapter 9. Hybridsp. 203
Chapter 10. Planting and Transplantingp. 209
Chapter 11. Propagationp. 213
Chapter 12. Pests and Diseasesp. 218
Appendix A. Societies and Mail-Order Sourcesp. 221
Appendix B. Watering Schedule and Gardener's Calendarp. 227
Appendix C. Selected Penstemons by Colorp. 231
Appendix D. Further Readingp. 234
Glossaryp. 236
Bibliographyp. 240
Indexp. 249