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Penstemon x mexicali ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’
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Penstemon x mexicali Pike’s Peak Purple

<i>Penstemon</i> x <i>mexicali</i> ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’

<i>Penstemon</i> x <i>mexicali</i> ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’

Penstemon

Beard Tongue

Among the most exuberantly blooming plants this side of the Mississippi, Penstemon is part of the enchantment of the West. A member of the Snapdragon family, even cultivated varieties retain a natural air, with dainty, long trumpet flowers and five (pent) prominent stamens.

Sturdy and easily grown, species vary from 1 to 5 ft. tall, and range in color from white to pink to purple to deep wine redone for every sunny spot. Trim after the first bloom to encourage a repeat flowering, and cut to the crown in winter for bushy growth next season.

Penstemon x mexicali ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’ full sun

A graceful Bruce Meyers selection, this cross originated between wild Mexican and American Penstemons. The flowers appear in droves with as many as 20 to 30 per stem, and are slightly smaller than the more common varieties. With rich violet-purple petals and a white throat, each bloom is a lovely point of color in our native garden.

One of our most cold-hardy Pentstemons, ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’ will also tolerate a wide range of soil moisture.

Blooms late July–early November.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Penstemon x mexicali ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’ (P-0663)
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