CSU Extension: “Plant Select 2021 Introductions” by Horticulture Agent, Linda Langelo

Plant Select Plants are excellent for being able to tolerate drought, extreme climate changes and insect and disease issues.  There are a variety that are hardy for our area.  These listed below are the new introductions that underwent seven seasons in a trial before being released to the public as good choices.

SteppeSuns® Hokubetsi, Helichrysum trilineatum ‘P021S’ is a shrub that grows in the Maloti mountain range of southern Africa. It is a shrub that forms a rounded, dense, silver shrub with clusters of bright yellow strawflowers.  Fuzzy stems and foliage protect this plant from intense solar radiation and insulate it through bitterly cold winters.  It has a yellow flower in June and July.  This shrub will get three feet tall by four feet high and you could shear it every spring if you chose.  This helichrysum needs full sun and grows in zone 5. This shrub is great for pollinators.

DREW’S FOLLY™ Hardy Snapdragon, Antirrhinum sempervirens ‘P020S’ is an evergreen hardy snapdragon. This plant will thrive in a wide range of soil types, in dry conditions with occasional irrigation, with very little maintenance required.  The flowers will be prolific with this plant during its flowering season May and June.  It grows about 12 inches tall by 16 inches wide. This snapdragon is good for pollinators.

Blanca Peak® Rocky Mountain Beardtongue, Penstemon strictus ‘PWWG06S’ provides a 3 to 4 week-long eye-catching display of white tubular flowers in late spring.  This is a long-lived native plant with evergreen light green foliage.  This was found in the of higher elevations of AZ, CO, NM, UT, and WY. This grows in full sun in amended clay, loam, or sandy soil.  It grows in zone 4a.  It needs to be deadheaded in summer and trimmed to the base in the fall.  It is good for pollinators.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.