Penstemon palmeri

Pink Wild Snapdragon

Palmer's Beardtongue blooms in early summer with tall spikes of fragrant, light pink flowers in early summer. Very xeric and heat tolerant, it is a willing reseeder for use in colonizing harsh sites. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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$8.99
per plant - 2.5" deep pot
Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Native
Evergreen
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU 75755

Details

4-5' tallx 24" wide (seed propagated). This is a very heat tolerant beardtongue, native to NM and AZ. One of the few fragrant Penstemons, it blooms with gigantic spikes of large, light pink flowers in early summer. Distinctive gray foliage. Must be grown in sandy or gravelly soils, not in tight clay. Not suited to areas receiving more than 15-18" of rainfall annually!
SKU 75755
Common Name Pink Wild Snapdragon
Botanical Name Penstemon palmeri
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 4-5' tall
Mature Spread 24" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil
Soil Moisture Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native, Evergreen
Ideal Region Western Only, Hot Desert
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for growing Penstemon (Beardtongue)

Penstemon are generally evergreen and have beautiful flowers that are very attractive to hummingbirds. Most varieties are rabbit resistant.

  1. They need “elbow room”, maximum sun, heat and don’t like to be crowded by other plants.
  2. Plant only in well-drained soils; clay soils and Penstemon are incompatible.
  3. Avoid overly enriched soils; too much compost and fertilizer will shorten their life span.
  4. They establish quickly and the amount and frequency of watering needs to be reduced after about 8 to 10 weeks to create dry conditions.
  5. When using drip irrigation, be sure to put the emitter off to the side of the plant, not right on top of the root ball to avoid overwatering the plant.
  6. Plant high, leaving the top of the rootball just above the surrounding soil to avoid burying the crown of the plant.
  7. Mulch with gravel or pine needles in arid climates. No mulch is needed where conditions are moister. Always avoid bark, grass clippings, or compost as mulch materials.
  8. Allow some of the plants to set seed (don't deadhead all of the flower spikes)*.
  9. Fertilize sparingly. One time each year in the fall is enough. Apply a light application of an organic or natural fertilizer such as Yum Yum Mix as a top dressing around the plants. Don't use high nitrogen water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Gro

*To keep penstemon that have finely textured or matted evergreen foliage looking their best, you'll want to 'deadhead" them. Shear off the fading flowering spikes just as the plant is going out of flower. Gently bunch the flower spikes together with one hand and cut them off at the point where they go down into the mat of foliage with your clipper in your other hand.

Recommended for the following varieties: P. pinifolius types (‘Compactum', ‘Mersea Yellow', ‘Nearly Red', ‘Magdalena Sunshine' and ‘Tall Orange Mix'), as well as Penstemon linarioides v. coloradensis and Penstemon virens ('Blue Lips').

More in-depth guidance for growing Penstemon: Penstemon for the Waterwise Garden, David’s Favorite Plants: Pineleaf Beardtongue, The Beardtongue Family: Penstemania for Penstemon and The Genus Penstemon; The Royalty of American Wildflowers The Genus Penstemon; The Royalty of American Wildflowers (Part 2).


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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4.0

A very strong plant, will be buying more

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from upper peninsula of Michigan

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Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon palmeri:

I think these plants are very pretty. They have been very easy to grow as the area I live in is very diverse. I have been happy with all the plants that I have gotten from your company. Thank You .

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from Santa Fe, NM

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon palmeri:

    This plant grows as a native in parts of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and, if you are fortunate enough to have it 'volunteer' to grow in your yard you are lucky indeed. It grows well in the Eldorado/Rancho Viejo microclimate of Santa Fe. I can attest that it is extremely drought tolerant and dislikes clay soil. This one likes to spread, a good 3 feet in diameter in a mounding kind of way. This plant is very hardy winter-wise as well. Mine is in a heavy clay soil that is mulched. I came here looking for how to amend the soil, etc. to make mine bloom heavier. Thanks High Country Gardens for your trustworthy information. I have been buying plants from HCG for about 5 years and find HGC's information very accurate and the plants hardy.

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    Didn't make it

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    from Yucca Valley, CA

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon palmeri:

      The California high desert is an unforgiving environment - 100 degree summers and 20 degree winters.
      Of the penstemons, only 'Coconino County' made it through the summer. My two palmeri started off OK, but by August they were gone. To be fair they were not in the best condition on receipt, and had a harder time getting started.
      May try these again this year. Larger plants (1 gal)seem to have a better chance at getting established here.

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      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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