High Elevation Plants

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High Elevation Plants

Our high elevation plants are exceptionally hardy and have been garden-tested in the high elevation (7,000 ft.) of Santa Fe, NM. These high altitude plants thrive in a harsh, high desert climate with intense sun, hot, dry summers, cold winters, and poor soils. The plants featured here are perfect for high elevation gardening conditions. Learn more with our High Altitude/High Elevation Gardening Tips.

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  1. Salvia sylvestris Caradonna Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens

    Caradonna’ is a beautiful Old World sage with tall, very dark purple flower stems and stunning blue-violet flowers. The plant has a strong vertical habit and is a superb nectar sou...

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    Caradonna Salvia Caradonna Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris Caradonna
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Caradonna’ is a beautiful Old World sage with tall, very dark purple flower stems and stunning blue-violet flowers. The plant has a strong vertical habit and is a superb nectar source for honeybees.
  2. Achillea New Vintage Violet

    Achillea New Vintage™Violet (New Vintage™Violet Yarrow) is a compact, long-blooming yarrow cultivar with long lasting, eye-popping violet-magenta flowers....

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    New Vintage Violet™ Yarrow New Vintage Violet™ Yarrow Achillea New Vintage Violet™
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Achillea New Vintage™Violet (New Vintage™Violet Yarrow) is a compact, long-blooming yarrow cultivar with long lasting, eye-popping violet-magenta flowers.
  3. New Vintage™ Red Yarrow Close Up Of Red Flowers,  Achillea Millefolium 'New Vintage™ Red'

    New Vintage™ Red Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) adds bright jewel-tone reds to the garden palette from late spring through summer. This ruby red Yarrow is a compact, drought toleran...

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    New Vintage™ Red Yarrow New Vintage™ Red Yarrow Achillea millefolium New Vintage™ Red
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    New Vintage™ Red Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) adds bright jewel-tone reds to the garden palette from late spring through summer. This ruby red Yarrow is a compact, drought tolerant addition to hot summer days. Yarrow is a pollinator-friendly, easy-to-grow perennial that lights up the garden. Butterflies love yarrow, while deer and rabbits tend to avoid this plant. The lovely, flat-topped flowers make perfect additions to summer bouquets.
  4. Blue and Purple Penstemon strictus, Penstemon strictus, Rocky Mountain Penstemon

    Rocky Mountain beardtongue, with its spikes of bright blue flowers and evergreen foliage, is one of the easiest-to-grow Penstemon. Long-lived, this beauty thrives in most any well-dr...

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    Rocky Mountain Penstemon Rocky Mountain Beardtongue Penstemon strictus
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rocky Mountain beardtongue, with its spikes of bright blue flowers and evergreen foliage, is one of the easiest-to-grow Penstemon. Long-lived, this beauty thrives in most any well-drained soil with full sun exposure. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  5. Yellow Coreopsis lanceolata Sterntaler, Coreopsis lanceolata Sterntaler, Sterntaler Tickseed

    Sterntaler is a robust, long blooming Tickseed with showy golden-yellow petals with a reddish-brown center. The flowers are continuous over the summer when deadheaded. It thrive wit...

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    Sterntaler Coreopsis Sterntaler Tickseed Coreopsis lanceolata Sterntaler
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Sterntaler is a robust, long blooming Tickseed with showy golden-yellow petals with a reddish-brown center. The flowers are continuous over the summer when deadheaded. It thrive with heat and sun and requires a well drained soil. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  6. Pink and Purple Liatris punctata, Liatris punctata, Gayfeather

    Prairie Blazing Star is the most drought tolerant of the genus and blooms in late summer with showy lavender-pink flower spikes. The roots have been documented to grow to depths of 1...

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    Dotted Blazing Star (Liatris) Dotted Blazing Star Liatris punctata
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Prairie Blazing Star is the most drought tolerant of the genus and blooms in late summer with showy lavender-pink flower spikes. The roots have been documented to grow to depths of 14 feet into the prairie soils. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  7. Yellow Pineleaf Beardtongue, Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow

    Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow (Yellow Pineleaf Beardtongue) is an English selection of our native pineleaf Penstemon grown for its bright yellow tubular flowers that cover the p...

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    Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon Yellow Pineleaf Beardtongue Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow (Yellow Pineleaf Beardtongue) is an English selection of our native pineleaf Penstemon grown for its bright yellow tubular flowers that cover the plant in late spring/early summer. This small shrub has attractive evergreen, pine-needle like foliage and a tidy mounding for. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 12" tall x 15" wide
  8. Blue Penstemon Blue Lips, Penstemon Blue Lips, Blue Lips hybrid Beardtongue

    Exclusive. Blue Lips has beautiful flowers and foliage. It blooms in late spring with short spikes of blue-lipped, lavender throated flowers. Shear off the faded flowers to reveal th...

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    Blue Lips Penstemon Blue Lips Hybrid Beardtongue Penstemon Blue Lips
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    Exclusive. Blue Lips has beautiful flowers and foliage. It blooms in late spring with short spikes of blue-lipped, lavender throated flowers. Shear off the faded flowers to reveal the wonderful blue-gray evergreen foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction. 2009 Plant of the Year.
  9. Blue Echinops banaticus Blue Glow, Echinops banaticus Blue Glow, Blue Glow Globe Thistle

    Blue Glow is an Old World wildflower that blooms in mid-summer. The deep blue globe-like flowers are held high above the attactive thistle-like foliage. One of the very best flowers ...

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    Blue Glow Echinops Blue Glow Globe Thistle Echinops bannaticus Blue Glow
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Blue Glow is an Old World wildflower that blooms in mid-summer. The deep blue globe-like flowers are held high above the attactive thistle-like foliage. One of the very best flowers for attracting bees and butterflies to your garden. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  10. Salvia sylvestris Blue Hill Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    Blue Hill is a superb selection grown for its late spring display of clear blue flowers held over sturdy compact mounds of green foliage. It is extremely cold hardy, resistant to bro...

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    Blue Hill Salvia Blue Hill Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris Blue Hill
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Blue Hill is a superb selection grown for its late spring display of clear blue flowers held over sturdy compact mounds of green foliage. It is extremely cold hardy, resistant to browsing deer and rabbits and loves heavy clay soils. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  11. Delosperma Lavender Ice

    'Lavender Ice' Ice Plant has large, gorgeous lavender-pink flowers and a tidy mat of evergreen foliage that turns purplish in winter. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric)...

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    Lavender Ice Ice Plant Lavender Ice Ice Plant Delosperma Lavender Ice
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Lavender Ice' Ice Plant has large, gorgeous lavender-pink flowers and a tidy mat of evergreen foliage that turns purplish in winter. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric)..
  12. Yellow Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum Kanah Creek, Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum, Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat

    Kannah Creek Buckwheat hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of orange and rust by late summer, providing mont...

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    Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum Kannah Creek
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Kannah Creek Buckwheat hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of orange and rust by late summer, providing months of low care color. A 2007 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  13. Greek Yarrow

    Greek Yarrow is a low growing perennial with attractive evergreen, silver foliage and a late spring display of bright white flowers on short stems. An excellent small scale groundcov...

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    Greek Yarrow Greek Yarrow Achillea ageratifolia
    $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Greek Yarrow is a low growing perennial with attractive evergreen, silver foliage and a late spring display of bright white flowers on short stems. An excellent small scale groundcover for planting in hot, sunny conditions. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  14. Red Heuchera sanguinea Firefly, Heuchera sanguinea Firefly, Coral Bells

    Firefly Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea Firefly) is a bright red flowered selection of this western native wildflower. Blooming begins in late spring with numerous flowering spikes h...

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    Firefly Coral Bells Firefly Coral Bells Heuchera sanguinea Firefly
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Firefly Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea Firefly) is a bright red flowered selection of this western native wildflower. Blooming begins in late spring with numerous flowering spikes held above attractive scalloped green leaves. A great early season hummingbird plant.
  15. Richfield Strain Firecracker Beardtongue, Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain

    24-36" tall x 15" wide. The Richfield form of Eaton's Beardtongue was selected for its overall vigor and flower production. It blooms in early to mid-spring blooming with tall spikes...

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    Firecracker Penstemon Richfield Strain Richfield Strain Firecracker Beardtongue Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain
    As low as $10.99 Sale $9.89
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    24-36" tall x 15" wide. The Richfield form of Eaton's Beardtongue was selected for its overall vigor and flower production. It blooms in early to mid-spring blooming with tall spikes of brilliant red flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  16. Blanca Peak™ Rocky Mountain Beard Tongue, Penstemon strictus ‘WWG06’

    Blanca Peak™ White Penstemon (Penstemon strictus) is an award-winning white-flowered selection of our native Rocky Mountain Penstemon. Large, tubular flowers are a favorite nectar ...

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    Blanca Peak™ Rocky Mountain Penstemon Blanca Peak™ Rocky Mountain Beardtongue Penstemon strictus 'WWG06'
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Blanca Peak™ White Penstemon (Penstemon strictus) is an award-winning white-flowered selection of our native Rocky Mountain Penstemon. Large, tubular flowers are a favorite nectar source for bumblebees. Plant this easy-to-grow beardtongue for a sturdy, long-lived late-spring bloomer in your xeriscape. This beauty thrives in most well-drained soil with full sun exposure. A 2021 Plant Select® Winner. A High Country Gardens Introduction.
  17. Red and Yellow Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun, Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun, Arizona Sun Blanket Flower

    Gaillardia Arizona Sun is a 2005 All America Selections winner because of its outstanding hardiness, everblooming flowers, and drought tolerance. With modest deadheading Arizona Sun ...

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    Arizona Sun Gaillardia Arizona Sun Blanket Flower Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Gaillardia Arizona Sun is a 2005 All America Selections winner because of its outstanding hardiness, everblooming flowers, and drought tolerance. With modest deadheading Arizona Sun Blanket Flower is covered with red-orange and yellow bi-colored flowers all season long. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
  18. Salvia sylvestris Marcus Photo courtesy of Emmis Oure

    ‘Marcus’ is a tidy, dwarf selection that blooms all summer with deeply colored violet-purple flowers. It is extremely cold hardy, browse resistant to deer and a lover of clay soi...

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    Marcus Dwarf Blue Salvia Marcus Dwarf Blue Sage Salvia nemorosa Marcus
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    ‘Marcus’ is a tidy, dwarf selection that blooms all summer with deeply colored violet-purple flowers. It is extremely cold hardy, browse resistant to deer and a lover of clay soils.
  19. Purple Poppy Mallow Callirhoe, Callirhoe involucrata

    Commonly known as Poppy Mallow or Wine Cups, Callirhoe involucrata is a native wildflower that decorates the garden with a summer-long display of bright magenta-pink flowers. A spraw...

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    Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe) Poppy Mallow, Winecups Callirhoe involucrata
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Commonly known as Poppy Mallow or Wine Cups, Callirhoe involucrata is a native wildflower that decorates the garden with a summer-long display of bright magenta-pink flowers. A sprawling grower, Callirhoe involucrata's long branches spread out across the ground to create a colorful mat of flowers and foliage. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
  20. Red and White Aquilegia caerulea Red Hobbit, Aquilegia caerulea Red Hobbit, Red Hobbit Columbine

    A dwarf variety of Rocky Mountain Columbine with red and white flowers. This little beauty comes true from seed and should be encouraged to re-seed itself in the garden where it make...

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    Red Hobbit Columbine Red Hobbit Columbine Aquilegia caerulea Red Hobbit
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    A dwarf variety of Rocky Mountain Columbine with red and white flowers. This little beauty comes true from seed and should be encouraged to re-seed itself in the garden where it makes colorful colonies.
  21. Red Achillea millefolium Red Velvet, Red Velvet Yarrow

    Red Velvet is one of the best with it deep rose-red, flat-topped flower heads that hold their color. Deep green, fine textured foliage, this yarrow is sure to attract butterflies whe...

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    Red Velvet Yarrow Red Velvet Yarrow Achillea millefolium Red Velvet
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    Red Velvet is one of the best with it deep rose-red, flat-topped flower heads that hold their color. Deep green, fine textured foliage, this yarrow is sure to attract butterflies wherever it's planted. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  22. Mock Orange Cheyenne®, Philadelphus lewisii Cheyenne with white fragrant blooms

    Cheyenne® Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii) is an award-winning native shrub cultivar chosen for its xeric character and amazing display of white, highly fragrant late spring flowe...

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    Cheyenne® Mock Orange Cheyenne® Mock Orange Philadelphus lewisii ‘PWYO1S’
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Cheyenne® Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii) is an award-winning native shrub cultivar chosen for its xeric character and amazing display of white, highly fragrant late spring flowers. High Country Gardens 2020 Perennial Plant of the Year – available in limited quantities! Plant this large shrub in part to full sun locations, ideally where its incredible citrus fragrance and visiting pollinators can be enjoyed. A highly adaptable plant that’s both tough and beautiful.
  23. Aquilegia chrysantha, Golden Spur Columbine flower closeup

    30-36" tall x 18" wide. Golden Spur columbine yellow blooms for months beginning in late spring with a profusion of large, cheerful yellow flowers that attract hummingbirds. Allow th...

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    Golden Spur Columbine Golden Spur Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha
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    30-36" tall x 18" wide. Golden Spur columbine yellow blooms for months beginning in late spring with a profusion of large, cheerful yellow flowers that attract hummingbirds. Allow the plant to reseed itself to form colorful long lived colonies. (seed propagated).
  24. Kniphofia hirsuta Fire Dance Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    18" tall x 15-18" wide. Brought down from the high elevations of South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains, this little Red Hot Poker is a colorful bloomer with great cold hardiness and a...

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    Fire Dance Red Hot Poker Fire Dance Red Hot Poker Kniphofia hirsuta Fire Dance
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    18" tall x 15-18" wide. Brought down from the high elevations of South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains, this little Red Hot Poker is a colorful bloomer with great cold hardiness and a compact mature size. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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