Penstemon pinifolius Tall Orange Mix

Tall Orange Mix Pineleaf Beardtongue

 
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Exclusive. Tall Orange Mix is the largest growing pineleaf Penstemon blooming in mid-summer with a blend of dark orange and scarlet flowers. These shrublets have an attractive mounding habit and longer pine needle-like evergreen leaves. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Native
Evergreen
Evergreen
High Impact - Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Summer
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 75758

Details

18" tall x 24" wide (cutting propagated). Without question, Pineleaf Beardtongue is one of our finest western wildflowers for xeric garden use. After much searching and evaluation, I've created a mix of five of the best shaped, most floriferous plants having flowers in shades of orange and scarlet. Find a spot with hot sun and well drained soil for best results. Buy more than one to enjoy the variation of the mix.
SKU 75758
Common Name Tall Orange Mix Pineleaf Beardtongue
Botanical Name Penstemon pinifolius Tall Orange Mix
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height 18" tall
Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained 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, Easy to grow, Native, Evergreen, High Impact - Low Maintenance
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive
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 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

doing well second year

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from Springfield, Massachusetts

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Pros

  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Garden

Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Tall Orange Mix:

I bought this to attract hummingbirds and to withstand drought conditions as well as tolerate New England weather. This is my second year and it is blooming profusely. The only thing is I wish it was taller, but I expect it will increase in height by next year. Overall I'm very satisfied.

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from Eastern Plains of Colorado

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Tall Orange Mix:

      Although I have other thriving penstamens in my gardens, this plant failed to grow.

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      5.0

      Wonderful with abundant flowers. Hardy for the high desert.

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      from Santa Fe, NM

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      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

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        • Outdoors
        • Patio

        Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Tall Orange Mix:

        It grew fast and big this year. Next year will be even more. Very happy with how hardy and colorful this plant is.

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        4.0

        this is a great product

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        from Lancaster, PA

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Has Been Reliable
        • Healthy

        Cons

        • Rarely Available

        Best Uses

        • Full sun
        • Xeric

        Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Tall Orange Mix:

        I use on a hot exposed slope. Other plants are, little blue stem, sporobolus, eastern prickly pair cactus, apache flume, sedums

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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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