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Penstemon x mexicali 'P008S' RED ROCKS®

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
PEN-stem-on meks-ih-KAL-ee
Description

Red Rocks® Penstemon is a herbaceous perennial hybrid cultivar that is a cross between a Mexican and California species giving it larger flowers yet cold hardiness. The plants form a bushy mound of attractive dark green foliage and the red tubular flowers appear in clusters in spring with repeat blooming through fall. They are deer and drought resistant and attractive to pollinators and hummingbirds. The foliage is semievergreen.

Penstemons need average well-drained soil in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. They do not like soggy wet winter soils. The deep taproot makes them drought tolerant but hard to transplant.

Use in the native/pollinator garden or meadow setting to add color throughout the season. They can also be grown in a container or a rock garden.

 

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Pollinator Garden- Full Sun
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#red flowers#summer flowers#deer resistant#rock gardens#border planting#pollinator plant#bee friendly#repeat blooms#container plants
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#red flowers#summer flowers#deer resistant#rock gardens#border planting#pollinator plant#bee friendly#repeat blooms#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Penstemon
    Family:
    Plantaginaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA, Mexico
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Clusters of large red tubular flowers have a white throat. Bloom in spring and repeats through fall in flushes.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Green leaves are lanceolate with a pointed tip, sessile (stemless) and serrated margins. Up to 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought