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Penstemon pinifolius (Pineleaf Beardtougue) is one of the very best western Penstemon, blooming in late spring, with a phenomenal display of bright-orange tubular flowers held over attractive, evergreen pine needle-like foliage.
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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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I would probably not buy this product again
from Front Royal, VA
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Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius (Pineleaf):
One of the three plants is almost dead. They are all in the same area, which gets sun most of the day. The soil is good.
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By Christine's Garden
from Los Alamos, NM
I planted 2 plugs in early April. When I received the plugs, they were very small with very little growth above the crown. Some of the growth was brown. I planted them anyway according to instructions. Now it is almost July and all of the foliage on these plants has turned green. Still no more that a few inches tall with much growing still to come. No flowers the first year.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Truly Evergreen with Attractive Foliage
from Kanab, southern Utah
Wow-wee! I was impressed by the multi-stemmed, healthy and lively plant that I received in a 5 inch pot from High Country Gardens. This little trooper didn't miss a beat when I transplanted it in late summer (it was a VERY long summer, the heat and dryness kept dragging on and on, so it wasn't such a great time to transplant really... no matter, this pineleaf penstemon took it like a champ and seemed perfectly happy)! I created a little saucer well depression around the plant, about 12 inches in diameter. The "saucer" helped retain our infrequent rainwater or hand watering. GROWS WELL WITH: I planted it alongside Penstemon Coconino County (raspberry pink), Penstemon Elfin Pink, silver lambs ear, trumpet vine, white hibiscus bushes, a chitalpa tree, Jupiters beard, catmint, purple iris, desert willow and some pre-existing natives (wild sunflower, needleleaf milkweed, aster, native clumping grasses, globe mallow). Love that this plant is TRULY EVERGREEN and TRULY XERIC. Our environment: 14 inches precipitation annually (fluctuating between long periods of dryness and brief periods of heavy precipitation), 5000 feet elevation, western, dry and windy high desert. Typically 0-100 degrees Fahrenheit temperature range in any given year. WILDLIFE that make their habitat in this garden: Hummingbirds, many moths, butterflies, bees (native and Arabic), bats, helpful snakes such as California kingsnake, ground squirrels, cottontails, jackrabbits, mice, tarantulas and many cool critters such as preying mantis. The hungry herbivores such as gophers and rabbits seem to leave the penstemon alone. This is a balanced ecosystem and no one plant is decimated (I am suggesting that by planting native and hardy plants such as those sold by HCG, nature can live in harmony without us having to use weed/pest control).
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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