This exceptional dryland perennial will flower for most of the summer and may prove the most long-blooming of all penstemons.
Pineleaf penstemon is native to southern Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico. Generally it remains a tidy clump-forming plant, but some reports indicate its ability to spread into a sizeable patch over time. Plants are herbaceous but develop a semi-woody base when mature.
It produces clouds of small fire engine red tubular flowers borne on dense stems lined with fine, linear foliage. The blooms cover plants for as long as full two months over midsummer, and like all red-flowered penstemons, are powerful hummingbird lures.
This sun-loving species is better adapted to gardens than others. It will thrive and proliferate in sharply drained average to poor soil and full sun. Though western in origin, easterners should not be dissuaded from growing it as it has proven resilient and beautiful on both sides of the Rockies.
Reliably and tough, pineneedle beardtongue is a great species for sunny mixed borders and rock gardens where soils are porous. It is also ideal for western wildlife gardens.
Information source: http://learn2grow.com/plants/penstemon-pinifolius/
Genus - Penstemon
Species - Pinifolius
Common name - Pineneedle Beardtongue
Pre-Treatment - Not-required, but recommended
Hardiness zones - 4 - 10
Height - 0,20 - 0,40 m
Spread - 0,20 - 0,40 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Slow
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Rich, well drained
Water requirements - Average, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
Bloom season - June - Septmeber
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Red
Sow indoors from January to March in trays of seed compost.
Sow thinly, cover with a fine layer of compost. Firm gently and keep moist. Cover with glass, clear plastic or propagator lid.
Keep at +15-+20C. Seedlings appear in 14-35 days.
If germination has not started, transfer to the refrigerator for 2 weeks before returning to the warmth to triugger he germination process.
Remove cover then seedlings appear. Grow on at ~+13-+15C.
Transplant when large enough to 7 cm pots. Transplant in to permanent position after the last frost 20 cm apart.
Remove dead flowers to prolong flowering. Keep moist and weed free.
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