Penstemon pinifolius, Pineleaf Penstemon

Penstemon pinifolius

Pineleaf Penstemon
Family: Plantaginaceae
Origin: New Mexico
USDA Zone: 4-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Native to New Mexico, Penstemon pinifolius (Pineleaf Penstemon) is a small evergreen shrub that grows between 2-5 feet tall. It features leathery, prickly-toothed, deep green needles that resemble pine needles, adding a unique texture and color to landscapes. This hardy, long-blooming little shrub has a breathtaking display of vinous-red or crimson flowers in late spring to summer. The flowers are very attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and bees, providing a beautiful and vibrant focal point in any garden.

The Pineleaf Penstemon grows best in full to semi-shade and does well in areas with moderate water. It is a low-maintenance, easy-care plant and can tolerate cold climates, down to USDA Growing Zone 4-10. In colder regions, it is recommended to grow it in well-drained pots, where it can be taken indoors during the winter and stored in bright, cool locations until temperatures warm up enough to bring them back outdoors.

This versatile plant is an excellent choice for adding bold color and texture to any garden, and is sure to bring a dramatic effect with its bright red and yellow flowers and needle-like foliage. Its hardiness, coupled with its low maintenance requirements, makes this a great choice for beginner gardeners. The Pineleaf Penstemon is a great choice for those looking to add some beauty and color to cooler climates.

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Penstemon pinifolius, Pineleaf Penstemon
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