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, Part 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
Annual Commercial Maintenance Hand trim back dead stems in spring.
5-10 Year Commercial Maintenance Follow annual maintenance. This can be a long lived perennial if growing conditions are correct. Allow to go to seed
Elevation Guide Up to 8125 ft