Penstemon alamosensis

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Lori S.
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Penstemon alamosensis

The Penstemon alamosensis, grown from Alplains seed last year, have wintered over nicely, and I'm looking forward to the possibility, at least, of them blooming this year. It seems that quite a large range of penstemon species is impressively hardy, growable, and even long-lived, in these dry, low humidity prairie conditions.

Here's some info on this particular species:

It must be wonderful to see it in the wild!

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Goodness knows they (Penstemon in general) DON'T like 60 inches of rain per year!  I love this genus but they don't love Newfoundland.  Only the dasystemon types seem to do OK here in the big scheme.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Lori S.
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1-3) And the same plants in bloom...  Penstemon alamosensis

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Your alamosensis look glorious. It is truly amazing they grow so well for you considering this is a very rare plant restricted to a very small area in southern New Mexico. I have seen palm trees growing beautifully not far from where this grows, which tells you that extreme cold is rare here. Although there has to be gene flow in penstemons: many Mexican species have survived Denver through temps they would never see at home.

For every minion of the peaks there are a dozen steppe children growing in the dry Continental heart of all hemispheres still unknown to horticulture.

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Another nice one to be added, to my ever growing wish list.

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
John P Weiser

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