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A phenomenal display of bright-red/orange tubular flowers held over attractive, evergreen pine needle-like foliage.
Common Name 1
› Pineneedle Beardtongue
Southern New Mexico and eastern Arizona.
Herbaceous Plant, Perennial
Common Name 2
› Pineneedle Penstemon
Common Name 3
› Pineleaf Beardtongue
Western state native:
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Plant Maintenance Information
Landscape Application Information
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil
Fertilize sparingly. One time each year in the fall is enough. Apply a light application of an organic or natural fertilizer such as a top dressing around the plants. Don't use high nitrogen water soluble fertilizers.
Mulch with gravel or pine needles in arid climates. No mulch is needed where conditions are moister. Always avoid bark, grass clippings, or compost as mulch materials.
Resembles a tiny mugo pine with thin, evergreen leaves held on tidy stems giving the plant year-round interest
Predominant flower color:
Red or bright orange tubular flowers
Fall Color Description:
Winter Interest Description:
Used by Wildlife:
To keep penstemon that have finely textured or matted evergreen foliage looking their best, you'll want to deadhead them. Shear off the fading flowering spikes just as the plant is going out of flower. Gently bunch the flower spikes together with one hand
Allow some of the plants to set seed (don't deadhead all of the flower spikes). In colder areas, a layer of dry mulch should be applied after the first hard freeze.
Leave some stems for frost protection and mulch with straw in winter, if necessary.
Long Term Care:
Plant high, leaving the top of the rootball just above the surrounding soil to avoid burying the crown of the plant. They need ?elbow room,? maximum sun, heat and don?t like to be crowded by other plants.
The OSU Plant Clinic has found Phytophthora spp., Rhizoctonia spp., and Fusarium spp. associated with root rots of Penstemon spp. grown in Oregon. (https://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/host-and-disease-descriptions?title=Penstemon-Root+Rot)
When using drip irrigation, be sure to put the emitter off to the side of the plant, not right on top of the root ball to avoid overwatering the plant. Penstemon are low maintenance. The main requirement for success is that they need to be planted in wel
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
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