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PlantFiles: Pineleaf Penstemon
Penstemon pinifolius

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: pinifolius (pin-ee-FOH-lee-us) (Info)

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10 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
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
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral contractbridge On Aug 9, 2008, contractbridge from Hudson, WI wrote:

I have had this penstemon for 3 years. It has overwintered in the severe Minnesota winters, especially last winter. It does not bloom, I just realize that it is in part shade. Will move it to full sun in the spring.

Neutral blackcanyon On Aug 4, 2008, blackcanyon from Hotchkiss, CO wrote:

I bought a few of these penstemons this spring. They are a yellow-flowering variety. Said to be more tolerant of regular watering than other penstemons common in my area. I cut them way back when planted, and they haven't quit blooming since, and I live in hot western arid CO. The big test will be the survival rate over the winter. I know it says they are evergreen, but I've never had an evergreen variety which didn't die down to the ground over the winter (or die outright). Absolutely requires well draining soil, but I may mulch this winter. We shall see.

Positive dicentra63 On Jun 24, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Blooms last for a long, long time. Lower stems become a little woody. Easy care, drought-tolerant, heat and sun-loving.

Positive Todd_Boland On Jan 22, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Considering this penstemon is native to Northern Mexico, New Mexico and Arizona, it is surprisingly resilient species. It does surprisingly well in Newfoundland's wet winter climate growing in acidic soil, considering it prefers hotter, drier climates and alkaline soil. Flowers may be small, but the bright reddish-orange colour makes up for it. the plant is almost like a dwarf conifer when not in bloom.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Huntington, Arkansas
Knights Landing, California
Richmond, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado
Hotchkiss, Colorado
Hebron, Kentucky
Aurora, Nebraska
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Farmington, New Mexico
Rodeo, New Mexico
Chiloquin, Oregon
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Oregon City, Oregon
Salt Lake City, Utah (2 reports)
Santaquin, Utah
Spokane, Washington
Hudson, Wisconsin
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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