Penstemon mensarum

Grand Mesa beardtongue

A Colorado native, this wildflower is becoming rare  in its homelands mostly due to invasive weed species crowding it out rather than over-collecting. 

It has intense cobalt blue flowers held above an evergreen rosette of shiny green foliage. 

Grand Mesa beardtongue grows to form a sturdy semi-woody plant with deep glossy green foliage. 

A long-lived plant when grown in lean, well drained soil in full sun. After flowering cut off the flower spikes right at their base which will encourage a profusion of flowers the next spring. 

Once established they need little water or fertiliser so benign neglect works wonders.

Photo: © Jelitto

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£ 6.50

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Plantaginaceae    

Hardy perennial    

H5    

40cm    

25cm    

Shiny green    

Cobalt blue    

Very well drained    

Full sun

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