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Jun 11, 2020 7:08 PM CST
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Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Bee Lover Salvias Region: New Mexico Herbs Container Gardener Composter
Cat Lover Butterflies Bookworm Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Edit: I'm re-posting this from June, hoping some new eyes might be able to ID it.

Original post, with added info and photos:
Can anyone ID this penestemon? I've had it for at least 5 years, probably longer. I've been through all 35 pages of penstemons in the database and online and can't find it. I'm certain it came from a small nursery that usually sells named varieties, as opposed to a big box garden center.

It spreads generously, is semi-evergreen in freezing temps, flower spikes get about 2 1/2 feet tall if they don't topple over. It is subject to chlorosis in iron-poor soil.

Lower lip has distinct "beard" hairs. I would describe this color as coral. To my eye, it is definitely neither red nor pink.

Similar characteristics ascribed to p. psuedospectabilis, P. barbatus and P. cardinalis. Hardy and semi-evergreen in my zone 7b

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New basal growth has oval bright green leaves. By the end of winter they are larger, darker and leathery and turn purple-ish in freezing weather:
Thumb of 2020-06-12/nmoasis/2af6a9

Flower stalks have lance-shaped leaves, somewhat more grey-green than the basal growth, sometimes upright, sometimes floppy, depending on rain and winds:
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Aug 8, 2020 11:41 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Bee Lover Salvias Region: New Mexico Herbs Container Gardener Composter
Cat Lover Butterflies Bookworm Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Reposting, hoping for ID this time around.
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