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Penstemon Species, Beard Tongue, Rosy Desert Beardtongue, Canyon Penstemon, Pride of the Mountain

Penstemon pseudospectabilis

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

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

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:

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

Great plant for attracting hummingbirds, and easy to grow.

Positive

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.

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