Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow

Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon

Yellow Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow, Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow, Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon

Mersea Yellow is an English selection of our native pineleaf Penstemon grown for its bright yellow tubular flowers that cover the plant in late spring/early summer. This small shrub has attractive evergreen, pine needle like foliage and a tidy mounding for.
Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Native
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 late summer
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SKU 75764P

Details

12" tall x 15" wide (cutting propagated). This unusual color variant (or "sport") was discovered in an English garden in 1980. Hundreds of soft yellow tubular flowers cover the plant for many weeks in midsummer. Originally, we expected 'Mersea Yellow' to not be as vigorous and heat tolerant as orange-flowered Penstemon pinifolius, but its performance in our gardens has proved otherwise. This plant does appreciate a little extra water, and can be grown in both lean and enriched garden soils as long as the drainage is good. Needs afternoon shade in hot desert climates. Yellow Penstemons are a great rarity in this huge genus.
Associated SKUs
HBL3DXX
75764R (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
75764P (Plant - 5" deep pot)
Common Name Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon
Botanical Name Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 12" tall
Mature Spread 15" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
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 Native
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, 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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I love this plant

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Delightful
  • Hardy
  • Long Blooming
  • Maintains Shape
  • Pest Free

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    Best Uses

    • Native Gardens
    • Xeriscaping

    Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow:

    I have used this product i xeriscape gardens and landscapes. Trouble free and enchanting.. If you like blooms that play in the wind, look delicate and yet remain hardy.. try this plant. The persimmon red version is divine too.

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    5.0

    great plant!

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    from the desert state

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Bloom Easily
    • Blooms a long time
    • Gorgeous
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

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      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow:

      I bought several and clumped them together. Constantly getting compliments on their attractiveness!

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      5.0

      humdinger of a beautiful plant

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      from ogden utah

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      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Versatile

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        • Garden
        • Outdoors
        • Patio

        Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow:

        this is a mainstay plant for my garden and the color is beautiful with other water wise plants.

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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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