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Penstemon, Beard Tongue, Beardtongue, Compact Pineleaf Penstemon, Pride of the Mountain 'Compactum'

Penstemon pinifolius

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

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

Broomfield, Colorado

Omaha, Nebraska

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 20, 2005, dcarlton from Omaha, NE wrote:

This plant is drought-tolerant and rabbit-resistant. Very similar to the pineleaf pestemon, but smaller with scarlet rather than orange-red flowers. Mine are managing in rock-hard, solid clay soil. Don't mulch them over the winter! A few of mine got covered with leaves and when I noticed in early spring, they had rotted. So, I started new plants from cuttings.

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