Penstemon Pristine Scarlet

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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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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

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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.