Alamo Beardtongue, Los Alamos Beardtongue, Alamo Canyon Beardtongue
Penstemon alamosensis

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: alamosensis

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 15, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

24-36 x 8 wide, (seed propagated). This is one of my favorite Beardtongues with its extravagant, often twisting spikes of scarlet
to coral-orange flowers over gray-blue, evergreen foliage. Propagated from garden cultivated seeds, this rare wildflower from the mountains of southeast NM is the gem of any collectors
garden.

Alamo Canyon Beardtongue thrives in lean, very fast draining non-clay soil. Limestone derived soils are particularly favorable.

USDA Growing Zones 5 - 9
Color Coral to Orange to Scarlet
Regions Hot Desert, Western Only
Rain Less than 10in., 10in - 20in
Bloom Time Late Spring
Sun Full and Afternoon Sun
Soil Sandy Garden Soil, loves limetone
Moisture Xeric
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