Grand Mesa beardtongue

Penstemon mensarum

Grand Mesa beardtongue, Penstemon mensarum, Plant Select
Stunning cobalt blue spikes in early spring last for nearly two months. Dense mat of evergreen rosettes turns a lovely orange-red in winter. This close cousin to ‘Bandera' blooms almost a month earlier, extending the season. Restricted to Western Colorado in the wild.

Tips from the pros: May reseed some. Deadhead for the first two years to avoid seed set - will result in a stronger plant. Thrives in disturbed soils - aerate surrounding soil with push aerator or spading fork from time to time.
Plant Type Perennial
Height 24-30 inches
Width 10-16 inches
Flowering Season April to June
Flower Color Blue
Sun Sun, Partial Sun
Water Needs Moderate to dry
USDA Hardiness Zone Zones 3-9
Soil Type Clay, loam, sandy
Deer Resistant Yes
Good for Pollination Yes
Winter Interest No
North American Native Yes
Year Introduced 2011