Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County

Coconino County Desert Beardtongue

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).
Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Good for Containers
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Native
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall 10 to 20"
Mature Plant Size 30-36" tall , 18" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" Pot
SKUHC014671

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

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.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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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.
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SKU
HC014671
Ships To Canada
No
Common Name
Coconino County Desert Beardtongue
Botanical Name
Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink
Height
36 inches
Mature Height
30-36" tall
Mature Spread
18" wide
Bloom Time
Late Spring - Early Summer
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
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"
Advantages
Easy to Grow, Good for Containers, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Native, Evergreen
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert
Native To
North America
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Pot
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).


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