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Jun 11, 2020 7:08 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Region: New Mexico Salvias 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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More pix:
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For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
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Aug 8, 2020 11:41 AM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Bee Lover Bookworm Cat Lover Composter Container Gardener Herbs
Region: New Mexico Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Reposting, hoping for ID this time around.
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
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