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Penstemon Red Rocks (Beardtongue) is a superb hybrid variety that blooms most of the summer with large rose-pink 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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(based on 8 reviews)
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from Brighton, CO
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Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks:
Early summer through early fall these little beauties brighten the garden with a nice bright, clear, clean pink color. It's fun to watch the bees crawl inside and work the inside of the blossom, and from time to time I even see one of the old-fashioned, endangered bumblebees working the flowers. They spread lightly but are very easily kept in check and have not been invasive at all, over several seasons. They do require supplemental watering and occasional deadheading keeps them blooming longer and more vigorously.If you deadhead them, cut the stem off at its basil root, not just at the end where the flowers quit growing. Once the entire spire is spent and you cut it off at the base, a new spire will grow in its place. If you cut it off a few inches from the tip, where the blossoms ended, it will grow from there in many small thin stems. If I'm short on time, I do sometimes deadhead them the easy way by just sharing off the top several inches once the blooms are spent. But it always looks better, and I'm always happier with the end result, if I took the time to deadhead them at their base, as needed.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Bees, even old-fashioned bumblebees, LOVE it
They are nicely filling in an area, not at all invasive, but a pleasant filling in of an open spot. Bees LOVE it! This shade of pink is clean, a true, beautiful pink. I don't think it's red'ish at all. Mine have survived 4 years so far in Colorado, zone 5. I do have the area mulched with common bark mulch and they seem to be doing fine. Once the bloom is spent, they rebloom better if you cut the stem off at the base of the plant (not just at the end of where the flowers were). Once or twice a season I got out and shear off all of the spent stalks and the plant grows new rounds of stems - flowers May - September. For a pollinator-friendly garden, I definitely recommend this plant.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Very happy with the plant.
from Northeast Indiana
Looks great. Grew well. I am focused on pollinators in my flower garden. Bees love it. No negatives.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
from North Texas
I got three of these for a new garden out front and planted last fall. They have tripled in size at least, and have begun to bloom profusely. Great color and the bees love them.
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By HB - Maste Gardener
from High Desert near Tucson
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Gardening in the desert can be quite challenging. I have been trying to grow a perennial pollinator garden for about five years now. I have killed many a penstemon, and almost gave up on them. You must water them well at first until well established and then not water them very much. This takes a lot of focused attention. I put this Penstemon in in 2015 and it didn't do too well, then this year it came back with a vengance, about two foot high stems with numerous flowers on each stem, a beautiful pink color. I have found that, especially if i order plants in the fall it helps to pot them into a gallon pot and overwinter that pot in the ground. Then in the spring they can be transplanted just where they fit well.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
This plant lasted about 5 weeks and then just died,
By no nick name
from Fort Smith Arkansas area
This plant was small and the dirt wasnt packed very well around it.. transplanted it and may have lasted about 4-5 weeks and then just died.. the other 2 plants are doing well
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Too Delicate - Didn't survive shipping
By KC Cowgirl
from Acton, CA
Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks didn't survive shipping. For some reason I ordered in July but didn't receive until October as High Country Gardens doesn't ship directly from their suppliers. Anyway, it arrived very wilted. I tried to save them but all died during the transplant. This variety appears too delicate to ship. Do not purchase.
Merchant response: Thank you for your feedback regarding the Penstemon Mexicali Red Rocks. Please keep in mind that we do ship our perennials and bulbs at the appropriate planting time for your zone, directly from our greenhouse. You ordered the Mexicali Red Rocks in the summer as part of our pre season sale and your order was shipped in the fall, at the appropriate planting time for your zone. We do ship immature plants which we have found to be best able to withstand shipment and acclimate to a new location, our apologies that was not your experience with this plant. We completely understand that there can be many variables in gardening and we stand behind all of our products with our 100% guarantee. Please contact us at your convenience and we will be more than happy to go over some resolution options with you.
Long-lived and beauitiful
from Point Roberts WA
I have planted a number of these over the years in my rocky, sandy garden (full sun, 40" rain between September & May, no rain during summer). The plant just keeps on going, with an optional monthly watering during the summer. As a special bonus, the hummingbirds love it.
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