Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks

Red Rocks Hybrid Beardtongue

 

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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).

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Good for Cut Flowers
Good for Containers
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40"
Bloom Time Late spring to summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 75796P
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This lovely hybrid Penstemon was developed by Bruce Meters, 'Red Rocks' is named after Denver's famous amphitheater which was carved out of the spectacular red sandstone cliffs in the foothills west of the city. This hybrid has glossy, narrow foliage and tall spikes of stunning rose-pink and white flowers. This is a vigorous grower that performs best in moderately fertile, but well-drained soils. Though xeric, Penstemon Red Rocks will flower most vigorously with regular watering. Cut back just above ground-level in mid-spring. Deadhead to extend blooming. 1999 Plant Select Winner 18" tall x 15" wide (cutting propagated).
SKU 75796P
Common Name Red Rocks Hybrid Beardtongue
Botanical Name Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink, White
Mature Height 18" tall
Mature Spread 15" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to 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 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
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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5.0

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Reached full height and blossomed within two months of planting them last Spring. Beautiful. They are already coming back this Spring.

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5.0

Beautiful

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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.

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    5.0

    Bees, even old-fashioned bumblebees, LOVE it

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks:

      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.

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      5.0

      Very happy with the plant.

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      from Northeast Indiana

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks:

          Looks great. Grew well. I am focused on pollinators in my flower garden. Bees love it. No negatives.

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          5.0

          As advertised!

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          from North Texas

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks:

              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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              5.0

              Awesome bloomer!

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              from High Desert near Tucson

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks:

                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.

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                1.0

                This plant lasted about 5 weeks and then just died,

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                from Fort Smith Arkansas area

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks:

                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

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                1.0

                Too Delicate - Didn't survive shipping

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                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.

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                5.0

                Long-lived and beauitiful

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                from Point Roberts WA

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks:

                  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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