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Exclusive. Blue Lips has beautiful flowers and foliage. It blooms in late spring with short spikes of blue-lipped, lavender throated flowers. Shear off the faded flowers to reveal the wonderful blue-gray evergreen foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction. 2009 Plant of the Year.
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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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Slow to start
By Christine's NM Garden
from Los Alamos
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Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon Blue Lips:
I purchased about 15 of these little plants last spring and summer. They stayed healthy, but none of them grew to the advertised height. They stayed healthy through the winter and are still about the same size the following spring. I don't see new growth or blooms. They seem to be taking a very long time establishing their roots.
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from Deer Lodge, MT zone 4a
This is the most delightful of shorter, smaller plants in my garden, with its outstanding "electric" blue flowers, and wonderful pinifolius leaves left after blooming, planted in grey wooly thyme. I am going to try it with groundcovers amongst brick and stone pavers It is very hardy in my zone 4a and drought tolerant even in its first year, since I rarely water. I will be buying many more, even though my yard is small.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Still alive! But about the same size as when they arrived.
By Soil Sister
from Durango CO
About Me Master Gardener
Slow to grow. Looking for great things this spring/summer.
Beautiful hardy and a favorite
from Denver, CO
Love this plant. Have it in a few places and look forward to it taking up more space!
love this plant
By Long time gardener
from Santa Fe, NM
This is a beatiful plant that has some purple and some very bright blue in the flower petals. The one thing wrong is that I planted it next to a caryopteris. The blue of the 2 plants is close enough that they both look less lovely. I will move one of them in the autumn.
Slow but steady and beautiful blues
By Escapist Gardener
from East Bay, CA
This one is a slow burner, someone else mentioned that. It rewards patience though, as I have three of them now with a small mound of growth and the most beautiful blue flowers, small and delicate. It is being run circles round by the other beautifully quick growers I got from HGC, but the flowers, I believe will be worth it, and I won't have to worry about cutting it back for a long time.
I love this plant! I put it in very lean soil, does great!
By cactus sun
from Longmont, Co
I love this plant very useful in a xeric garden. It starts a bit slow, in lean soil, but once it gets going, it does very well. I also use it in better soil conditions, & it seems to do very well. Full sun does best, but it does tolerate a bit of shade. Use it in multiples for the pop, or to fill a space that is small & tuck it in. It blooms very well, & I love to see it in full bloom. It is very attractive. The xeric bed is snow covered now, but it does well in winter conditions. It did very well after the vortex last year.
(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent plants for price
from Pittsburgh, PA
We purchased these plants to help upgrade the public rock garden our local Allegheny chapter of NARGS maintains at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh PA. The staff of the aviary suggested we make the garden more hummingbird friendly and the purchase of these and other penstemons helped do so11 The plants arrived in excellent condition and this will be the second growing season for them.
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