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PlantFiles: Desert Beardtongue
Penstemon pseudospectabilis

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Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: pseudospectabilis (soo-doh-spek-TAB-ih-liss) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Silver/Gray

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive KSBaptisia On May 26, 2009, KSBaptisia from Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Great plant for attracting hummingbirds, and easy to grow.

Positive htop On Aug 14, 2006, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Also known as Canyon Penstemon, Arizona Penstemon, Pink Showy Penstemon, Rosy Desert Beardtongue, False Spectacular Penstemon ...

Update:5/8/08 - this plant grew wonderfully for me and produced many blooms. It became very large. I did not water it very much. Then, I went on two long trips in October and November of 2007. The temperatures were unusually hot during these months. A friend of mine graciously offered to take care of my plants while I was gone. I forgot to tell her not to water this plant unless it appeared to reallly need itr. She watered it often along with my other plants apparently over-watering it. Sadly, it died.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cave Creek, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Beatrice, Nebraska
Roswell, New Mexico
San Antonio, Texas
Riverton, Utah
Santaquin, Utah
Laramie, Wyoming



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