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Exclusive. Coconino County desert beardtongue is an incredible bloomer with numerous spikes of intensely deep pink tubular flowers in late spring. A willing re-seeder, it spreads gently, helping to fill in difficult-to-plant areas. 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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Only plants that did not survive
By Lainie H
from Sedona, AZ
About Me Avid Gardener
Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County:
We live in Coconino County in Arizona, so I thought these plants would be ideal. I ordered 20 or so various plants from High Country, including 2 Coconino Penstemon. These plants came in quite straggly looking and I was able to barely nurse them through the summer. They did not bloom. Nor did they survive the winter, even though every other plant in the garden came through healthy and vibrant.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Cute evergreen leaves, too!
from Kanab, southern Utah
I planted this at the worst time of the year, in the worst part of our yard (hot, dry, windy, compacted soil, recent construction) Then I kind of forgot about it after the initial few days. This little trooper didn't even blink! No wilting, drooping, leaf loss, dieback, etc. It's hard to tell in the photos, but the lower leaves especially are really fun! They are oval with little points along the edge. Not sharp enough to be unfriendly, but just enough to give it a little picot edging look, like a unique trim or border on the edge of each leaf. The leaves almost resemble Venus fly trap. And they're evergreen! I bought only one of these "just to see" and plan to add more
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
from New Mexico
About Me Master Gardener
give it plenty of room to spread! The hummers live in it.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Great Hardy & Beautiful Plant
from Golden, CO
Just got this plant last spring, but it was healthy and strong going into the winter months. It's planted in clayey soil with little additional irrigation. I live in Golden, CO, so that means not a lot of water. I can't wait until next spring when it blooms in full!
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Made it through the winter!
By Native Ken
from Yucca Valley, CA
About Me Getting Started
We are in the CA high desert - 3500 feet, 100 degree summers and 20 degree winters, < 10 inches of rain. Sandy, alkaline soil. Tough going for most plants.Out of three varieties of penstemon, these were the only ones that made it through the summer. They looked poorly, and I did not think they would survive the winter. We had a mild winter overall, but a snow storm wreaked havoc on many of my plants (basically killing any non-natives overnight).The Coconino County penstemons ate it up, and have come on this spring like troopers! They are going strong, and the hummingbirds love the blossoms.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Slow starter but coming back strong
By Painter Cheryl
from Taos, New Mexico
After planting it in the Fall, it came back quite slow the following Spring/Summer. Only one of the plants out of four bloomed; but this year early Spring, they all seemed to be coming back strong so I'm hoping they all bloom this year.
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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