Penstemon Blackbeard

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Phenomenal Foliage
Shiver me timbers! Burgundy-red foliage emerges in spring then matures to shocking deeper eggplant purple. Blushed lilac-purple flowers with white throats can’t be missed even from the crow’s nest. YoHoHo! Hummingbirds will come aboard to feast on the countless trumpet-shaped blossoms. Penstemon Blackbeard produces strong flower stems and longer, wide foliage blades that hold flowers upright all season. Dried seed pods after flowering adds late-season interest and supplies food for your backyard birds during the fall and winter season. Beardtongue is a versatile perennial that tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. Prolific snapdragon-like flowers highlight the linear foliage. A cinch to grow – no pampering needed.

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Patent PP30,052

Plant Type Perennials


Height Medium 28-34"

Spacing Plant 24" apart

Bloom Time Early Summer to Mid-Summer

Sun / Shade Full Sun to Mostly Sunny

Zones 3-8

Soil Type Normal, Sandy

Water Needs Low

Sold In Plantable Pots

Special Features

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Long-Blooming

Planting Sites

  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant

Penstemon General Information

Penstemon are an American native with colorful tubular bell-shaped flowers. Will attract butterflies and hummingbirds and does well in a drier climate. Drought resistant once established. Waxy green foliage stays lush through summer's heat. Avoid too moist (wet feet). Songbirds feast on the seed in fall and winter. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Penstemon Plant Care

Best in loose, gravelly soil with good drainage. Pinching back taller varieties when about 12" tall will produce more compact plants. Can be divided every 3-4 years in spring by digging mature rhizomes and replanting. Will self sow. Foliage can be trimmed after blooming to freshen. Clean up in fall or spring. May benefit from dry winter mulch in colder zones.