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Penstemon x mexicali ‘Red Rocks’
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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 ‘Red Rocks’ full sun

Another versatile Bruce Meyers selection, ‘Red Rocks’ forms the same pleasing vase shape as ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’, and like that cultivar, is nearly evergreen. The bright cherry-pink flowers are white-throated and lend a cheerful look to our border well into fall.

Blooms late July–early November.

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

Penstemon x mexicali ‘Red Rocks’ (P-0664)
Each $7.75
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