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Pikes Peak Purple is a superb hybrid variety that blooms most of the summer with large concord grape-purple flowers. The plants are vigorous and have attractive glossy green foliage. A 1999 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Tips for growing Penstemon (Beardtongue)
Penstemon are generally evergreen and have beautiful flowers that are very attractive to hummingbirds. Most varieties are rabbit resistant.
*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).
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Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple:
These plants have done very well and are attractive. I only planted them this past summer, so still have to see how they winter. I think reviews would be better if done after the second season.
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Bright & beautiful
from Lewes DE
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Bought this plant 2-3 years ago and it's been growing beautifully. Great color and reblooms willingly after a haircut in zone 7. Grew 2-2.5 ft high and complimented next to yellow flowers. Highly recommend.
Great compact Penstemon
from Pont Roberts WA
This is a great, compact Penstemon for dry rock gardens.
Bloomed first year.
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
would buy this again
from redford, mi
very hardy and bloomed till late fall when we had a hard frost
from Cave Creek, AZ
Such a beautiful addition to my hummingbird garden & very easy to grow!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Healthy and Gorgeous
from Lochbuie, CO
I planted these in front of my fence around the yard - they are absolutely beautiful. Only problem is, I have to build a fence to keep my chickens out of my garden. They have a tendency to destroy all my flora!
By Golfing girl
from High desert (3300') Arizona
One of two I purchased bloomed 1st year. Can't wait for both to bloom this year.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Sweet flowers... So delicate!
By Miss Honey
from Winnetka, California
This plant put out lots of foliage and was slow to bloom here in our hot and dry climate - but be patient ... flowers will come and boy are they worth waiting for!! The soft (yet intense) lavender is so lovely and the hummingbirds seek out these sweet flowers. A must have for hot climates and anyone wishing to add beauty to their landscape and attract the pollinators!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Nice little plant
First time I grew this type of plant and I was impressed by it.
Late Season Color
By mountain garden gal
from Durango, Colorado
This plant is flourishing in a sunny spot at 8000 ft in a large bed with other water-wise plants. The color is gorgeous. Blooms after other penstemons are long gone and provides late-season color.
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.
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