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Compactum is hands down one of the very best native wildflowers for water-wise gardens. This tiny shrub has a profusion of bright scarlet flowers in late spring and tidy, tight growing branches of evergreen pine needle-like leaves. Perfect for borders or accenting larger perennials. 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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cute little pine like evergreen plant,
By Loyal Customer since 2012
from New Mexico
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Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pinifolius Compactum:
Planted 2016.Coming along slowly but even without blooming they are tidy evergreen plants. Looking forward to seeing their bright orange flowers, maybe this next spring, brighten up my graveled landscapeWill be adding more once I see flowers.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Buy the full size pineleaf penstemon instead
By Christine's Garden
from Los Alamos, NM
Granted that the full size luminous pineleaf penstemon take their time to establish and mature, they seem healthier that the compactum. I bought 2-3 of the compactum and only one is still hanging on. The others turned brown and died despite regular irrigation.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
from Fort Collins, CO
Penstemon pinifolius is one of my favorites in my garden, so I was excited to give 'Compactum' a try. The plant I received was barely alive. HCG issued me a credit for it. I stuck it in the ground near some other pinifolius and peeked in on it several times throughout the year and it never quite gave up the ghost, but hasn't put on much growth and looks nowhere close to flowering even by next season. By comparison I bought several starter plugs of pinifolius locally that have all thrived in the same season.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Fantastic 'Cast Iron' Performer
from Eagle, ID
One of our favorites for our garden, our introduction to this plant was via High Country Gardens when we ordered for a home in the high desert country of Oregon. The plants arrived in great shape and thrived in our high elevation, minimal rainfall, cold winters climate. Among the first to bloom every year and among the last to quit. It is a hummingbird magnet and it was almost on cue that when the blooms first opened the hummingbirds appeared at them. A great partner with blue scabiosa and moonbeam coreopsis. It reseeded to naturalize and we often had folks add to take some home for their gardens which we happily obliged. Now moved to another climate and state, we'd love to have more of these for our new garden. Alas, sold out it seems. These are winners.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Red for the garden
This was for a dry prairie Community Garden in cold Minnesota. It bloomed the first year and added some red to the plot. I liked increasing the diversity of our native prairie garden.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Didn't do well for me
By CA High Desert Gardening Novice
from California High Desert
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This little plant held on for almost a year in a large container. I can't rate it for longer than that. It died after a trip I made, even though I had irrigation programmed. It was my first order from HCGs, so I can't blame it entirely on the plant. It would probably do better in the ground. It was replaced at no cost, so I am happy and a loyal customer.
Merchant response: We appreciate your feedback on the Penstemon pinifolius Compactum. Although this plant can be planted in small spaces, it would be better suited to being planted directly in the ground opposed to containers. Being a Drought Resistant / Waterwise plant these do tend to establish quickly and the amount and frequency of watering needs to be reduced after about 8 to 10 weeks to create dry conditions. 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. We truly appreciate that you contacted us about the unsuccessful products so that we had a chance to honor our guarantee for you. We always want our customers to be pleased with our products and happy with our customer service! Happy Gardening!
Beautiful and prolific!
from Denver, CO
About Me Master Gardener
Always order more than one of these, great for fill-ins in beds. Lots of early color all through the season.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Denver CO
We first received 2 of these plants in a pre-planned garden from High Country Gardens. We liked the color and the amount of flowers enough to purchase a few more of them to work into the bare spots in the garden. They have started blooming this spring before most of the other flowers in our garden.
Eye-catching desert accent
from St. George UT
I am asked many times, "What is that?" as this variety is not found in our local area. As instructed I planted three in July and twin late fall and they did very well through our winter. I did cover the new, tender plants during our one snowfall and when night time temperatures dipped for over 6 hours. Since these were new plantings, I did want to give them as good of a chance as possible.They are growing very nicely and I hope to see the blossoms very soon as we have an early spring.
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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