Penstemon pinifolius Compactum

Compact Pineleaf Penstemon

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Compactum is hands down one of the very best native wildflowers for waterwise gardens. This tiny shrub has a profusion of bright scarlet flowers in late spring and tidy, tight growing branches of evergreen pine needle-like leaves. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Evergreen
Evergreen
Plants for Small Spaces
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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SKU 75762

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10" tall x 12" wide (cutting/seed propagated). This little scarlet wonder is a delightful dwarf version of the larger, more familiar Pineleaf Penstemon. The tiny evergreen needle-like leaves and short wiry stems form a tidy shrublet that seems to catch fire when the intense scarlet flowers smother the plant in late spring. Compact Pineleaf Penstemon blooms many weeks before the larger orange-flowered Pineleaf Penstemon.
Associated SKUs
HBLBHXX
HBLBH21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLBH31 (Plant - 3.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
75762 (Plant - 5" deep pot)
Common Name Compact Pineleaf Penstemon
Botanical Name Penstemon pinifolius Compactum
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 10" tall
Mature Spread 12" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Evergreen, Plants for Small Spaces
Additional Information 3.5" pot size grown by our friends at Perennial Favorites in Layton, UT
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft
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 lifespan.
  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: Watch our video: How To Plant Penstemon or read articles: 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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2.0

Disappointing specimen

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Compactum:

      Penstemon pinifolius is one of my favorites in my garden, so I was excited to give 'Compactum' a try. The plant I received was barely alive. HCG issued me a credit for it. I stuck it in the ground near some other pinifolius and peeked in on it several times throughout the year and it never quite gave up the ghost, but hasn't put on much growth and looks nowhere close to flowering even by next season. By comparison I bought several starter plugs of pinifolius locally that have all thrived in the same season.

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      5.0

      Fantastic 'Cast Iron' Performer

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      from Eagle, ID

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Compactum:

        One of our favorites for our garden, our introduction to this plant was via High Country Gardens when we ordered for a home in the high desert country of Oregon. The plants arrived in great shape and thrived in our high elevation, minimal rainfall, cold winters climate. Among the first to bloom every year and among the last to quit. It is a hummingbird magnet and it was almost on cue that when the blooms first opened the hummingbirds appeared at them. A great partner with blue scabiosa and moonbeam coreopsis. It reseeded to naturalize and we often had folks add to take some home for their gardens which we happily obliged. Now moved to another climate and state, we'd love to have more of these for our new garden. Alas, sold out it seems. These are winners.

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        4.0

        Red for the garden

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        from Minnesota

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Compactum:

        This was for a dry prairie Community Garden in cold Minnesota. It bloomed the first year and added some red to the plot. I liked increasing the diversity of our native prairie garden.

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        2.0

        Didn't do well for me

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Compactum:

            This little plant held on for almost a year in a large container. I can't rate it for longer than that. It died after a trip I made, even though I had irrigation programmed. It was my first order from HCGs, so I can't blame it entirely on the plant. It would probably do better in the ground. It was replaced at no cost, so I am happy and a loyal customer.

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            5.0

            Beautiful and prolific!

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            from Denver, CO

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            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Fragrant
            • Hardy
            • Versatile
            • Water-wise

            Cons

            • SMALL PLANT

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Compactum:

            Always order more than one of these, great for fill-ins in beds. Lots of early color all through the season.

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            5.0

            Nice color

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            from Denver CO

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Compactum:

              We first received 2 of these plants in a pre-planned garden from High Country Gardens. We liked the color and the amount of flowers enough to purchase a few more of them to work into the bare spots in the garden. They have started blooming this spring before most of the other flowers in our garden.

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              5.0

              Eye-catching desert accent

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              from St. George UT

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Compactum:

              I am asked many times, "What is that?" as this variety is not found in our local area. As instructed I planted three in July and twin late fall and they did very well through our winter. I did cover the new, tender plants during our one snowfall and when night time temperatures dipped for over 6 hours. Since these were new plantings, I did want to give them as good of a chance as possible.

              They are growing very nicely and I hope to see the blossoms very soon as we have an early spring.

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              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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