Red Rocks® Penstemon

Penstemon x mexicali 'P008S'

Tall, showy spikes of bright rose-red flowers rise above mounded dark green foliage throughout summer. This adaptable native hybrid thrives in a wide range of soils and conditions. Makes a colorful impact in sunny borders, meadows and naturalized gardens. A Plant Select® winner. An herbaceous perennial.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical PronunciationPEN-stem-on x meks-ih-KAL-ee
LoreA 1999 Plant Select® award recipient, selected for outstanding garden performance throughout the high plains and inter-mountain areas of the Rocky Mountain region. Plant Select® is a collaboration of Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the green industry, helping gardeners and horticultural professionals transform the American landscape to a vibrancy inspired by our western regional landscape. Penstemon has showy, nectar-rich flowers that are adored by hummingbirds.
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; blooms reach 3 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeSummer through Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitMounding, Upright
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Clump Forming, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsRedbud (Cercis); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Sedum (Sedum); Salvia (Salvia); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Catmint (Nepeta)

Thrives in average, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates periodic drought. Remove spent flowers to encourage repeat bloom. Cut back old foliage in spring before new growth emerges.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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