Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County

Coconino County Desert Beardtongue

 
 

Exclusive. Coconino County desert beardtongue is an incredible bloomer with numerous spikes of intensely deep pink tubular flowers in late spring. A willing re-seeder, it spreads gently, helping to fill in difficult-to-plant areas. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Native
Evergreen
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 75766

Details

30-36" tall x 18" wide (seed propagated). Few plants can duplicate the tremendous floral display produced by this special Beardtongue. This amazing selection of Desert Beardtonque blooms for a month in late spring with hundreds of intensely deep-pink, tubular flowers. Enjoy Coconino County's attractive mound of evergreen foliage by deadheading the plant after flowering is finished. This southwestern native Penstemon is my favorite for hot, dry sites and thrives in poor, well drained soils. A vigorous re-seeder, use it with other re-seeding native wildflowers like Blue Flax and Chocolate Flower to populate harsh sites with their seedlings. My original plants were grown from habitat collected seeds gathered in Coconino Co., AZ, hence the name.
SKU 75766
Common Name Coconino County Desert Beardtongue
Botanical Name Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 30-36" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early 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"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Native, Evergreen
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
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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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 6, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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5.0

hummingbird magnet

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from New Mexico

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Covered With Flowers
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Prolific
  • Wild With Tons Of Spikes

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County:

    give it plenty of room to spread! The hummers live in it.

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    5.0

    Great Hardy & Beautiful Plant

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    from Golden, CO

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County:

      Just got this plant last spring, but it was healthy and strong going into the winter months. It's planted in clayey soil with little additional irrigation. I live in Golden, CO, so that means not a lot of water. I can't wait until next spring when it blooms in full!

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      4.0

      Made it through the winter!

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      from Yucca Valley, CA

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County:

        We are in the CA high desert - 3500 feet, 100 degree summers and 20 degree winters, < 10 inches of rain. Sandy, alkaline soil. Tough going for most plants.
        Out of three varieties of penstemon, these were the only ones that made it through the summer. They looked poorly, and I did not think they would survive the winter. We had a mild winter overall, but a snow storm wreaked havoc on many of my plants (basically killing any non-natives overnight).
        The Coconino County penstemons ate it up, and have come on this spring like troopers! They are going strong, and the hummingbirds love the blossoms.

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        4.0

        Slow starter but coming back strong

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        from Taos, New Mexico

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County:

          After planting it in the Fall, it came back quite slow the following Spring/Summer. Only one of the plants out of four bloomed; but this year early Spring, they all seemed to be coming back strong so I'm hoping they all bloom this year.

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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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