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).
30-36" tall x 18" wide (seed propagated). Few plants can duplicate the
tremendous floral display produced by this special Beardtongue. This
amazing selection of Desert Beardtongue blooms for a month in late
spring with hundreds of intensely deep-pink, tubular flowers. Enjoy
Coconino County's attractive mound of evergreen foliage by deadheading
the plant after flowering is finished. This southwestern native
Penstemon is my favorite for hot, dry sites and thrives in poor,
well-drained soils. A vigorous re-seeder, use it with other re-seeding
native wildflowers like Blue Flax and Chocolate Flower to populate harsh
sites with their seedlings. My original plants were grown from habitat
collected seeds gathered in Coconino Co., AZ, hence the name.
HC017911 HC014671 (Plant - 2.5" Pot) - Out of stock. HC017894 (Plant - 5" Deep Pot) - Out of stock.
Coconino County Desert Beardtongue
Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Late spring to early summer
Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Native, Evergreen, Easy To Grow, Good For Containers, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
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Spring / Summer, Fall
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Tips for growing Penstemon (Beardtongue)
Penstemon are generally evergreen and have beautiful flowers that are very attractive to hummingbirds. Most varieties are rabbit resistant.
They need “elbow room,” maximum sun, heat and don’t like to be crowded by other plants.
Plant only in well-drained soils; clay soils and Penstemon are incompatible.
Avoid overly enriched soils; too much compost and fertilizer will shorten their lifespan.
They 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 the plant.
Plant high, leaving the top of the rootball just above the surrounding soil to avoid burying the crown of the plant.
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.
Allow some of the plants to set seed (don't deadhead all of the flower spikes)*.
*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').
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