Penstemon Pristine Scarlet

Beardtongue
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Carefree Perennial
Support your local pollinators! Festive stalks of tubular scarlet-red flowers climb the slender stems. A sun lover for hot dry sites, the well-branched habit promotes abundant flowering. Stunning when massed in sunny borders, wildflower gardens or naturalized areas. The nectar-rich flowers of Penstemon Pristine Scarlet are indispensable to pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. In the wild, Beardtongue is among the first plants to colonize land that has been decimated from fire, erosion and road cuts. Once established, Beardtongue is drought tolerant an ideal xeric landscape plant. Native to North America.

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Code PEPS

Patent PP31,891 'Dopenspriscarl'

Plant Type Perennials

Species barbatus

Height Short 16-18"

Spacing Plant 14-16" apart

Bloom Time Early Summer to Late Summer

Sun / Shade Full Sun to Mostly Sunny

Zones 5-9

Soil Type Normal, Sandy

Water Needs Low

Sold In Plantable Pots (3.5x3.5x4")

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.

Plantable Pots

Our plants are grown in 3.5x3.5x4” plantable pots. Made from 100% biodegradable coconut husk fibers (coir), these pots have tremendous advantages over plastic pots. With better air exchange, this "breathable" pot fosters robust root growth and reduces transplant shock since you can plant the pots directly in the ground. The pot naturally becomes part of the soil on its own over time—no composting required—and since they're made from a renewable resource that requires very little energy, they're earth-friendly too!

100% Guarantee

We offer a 100% unconditional guarantee for all our perennials to reach you in good condition and to grow. If you're not satisfied, we'll reship or refund immediately. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns—we share your passion for gardening and want your new plants to thrive in your border!

Shipping Details

We use custom, earth-friendly packaging to make sure your order arrives in great condition, and we ship based on the best planting time for your growing zone (see the approximate dates below), unless otherwise indicated at checkout. If you wish, you can indicate a specific ship date during checkout.

Spring

  • Zone 3, 4: Early to Mid May
  • Zone 5: Late April to Early May
  • Zone 6: Mid to Late April
  • Zone 7: Early to Mid April
  • Zone 8: Late March to Early April
  • Zone 9, 10: Late March

Fall

  • Zone 2, 3, 4: Early September
  • Zone 5: Early to Mid September
  • Zone 6: Mid September
  • Zone 7: Mid to Late September
  • Zone 8, 9, 10: Late September to Early October