Red Rocks® Penstemon
Penstemon x mexicali 'P008S'
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||PEN-stem-on x meks-ih-KAL-ee|
|Lore||A 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 Maturity||Foliage reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; blooms reach 3 ft. tall.|
|Bloom Time||Summer through Fall|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Growth Habit||Mounding, Upright|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Cutting Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Flower & Rose Food|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Clump Forming, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Redbud (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