Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple

Pike's Peak Purple hybrid Beardtongue

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  • 1999 Plant Select Winner
  • 1999 Plant Select Winner
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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).

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 75797P
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1999 Plant Select Winner 18" tall x 15" wide (cutting propagated). This, the companion to Penstemon Red Rocks with concord grape-colored flowers, Pikes Peak Purple is long blooming and easy to grow. I like to plant it with yellow-flowered perennials like Coreopsis 'Sunray' and Sundrops. This is a vigorous grower that performs best in moderately fertile, but well-drained soils. Will flower most vigorously with regular watering.
SKU 75797P
Common Name Pike's Peak Purple hybrid Beardtongue
Botanical Name Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 18" tall
Mature Spread 15" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
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 lifespan.
  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: 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).


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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High Country GardensPenstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple
 
4.7

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  • Healthy (9)
  • Hardy (7)
  • Accurate instructions (4)
  • Versatile (4)

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4.0

versatile

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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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    5.0

    Bright & beautiful

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    from Lewes DE

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    • Attractive
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        Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple:

        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.

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        5.0

        Great compact Penstemon

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        from Pont Roberts WA

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        • Hardy
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          Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple:

          This is a great, compact Penstemon for dry rock gardens.

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          5.0

          Bloomed first year.

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          from carlsbad,nm

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          • Attractive
          • Hardy
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            Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple:

            Beautiful color.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            would buy this again

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            from redford, mi

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple:

              very hardy and bloomed till late fall when we had a hard frost

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Hummer Heaven

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              from Cave Creek, AZ

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              • Attractive
              • Hardy
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                • Patio

                Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple:

                Such a beautiful addition to my hummingbird garden & very easy to grow!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Healthy and Gorgeous

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                from Lochbuie, CO

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attract Butterflies
                • Attract Hummingbirds
                • Attractive
                • Drought tolerant
                • Fragrant
                • Hardy
                • Healthy
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Chickens Like Everything
                • Chickens Like Them

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                • Garden
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                • Patio

                Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple:

                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!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Pretty

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                from High desert (3300') Arizona

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                • Spreads Quickly

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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple:

                    One of two I purchased bloomed 1st year. Can't wait for both to bloom this year.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sweet flowers... So delicate!

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                    from Winnetka, California

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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple:

                    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!

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice little plant

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                    from MA

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple:

                      First time I grew this type of plant and I was impressed by it.

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Late Season Color

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                      from Durango, Colorado

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                      • Attractive
                      • Easy To Grow
                      • Gorgeous Color
                      • Hardy
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                        Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple:

                        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.

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                        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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