Penstemon Polaris™ Red

Polaris™ Series Beardtongue
$16.95 ea.
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Easy-care with energizing color! Brilliant large flowers on strong, bushy plants are perfect for adding true red that is often missed with perennials. The pronounced white throat accents the vivid red trumpets. A sun lover for hot dry sites, the well-branched habit with wide foliage promotes abundant flowering. The nectar-rich flowers of Penstemon Polaris™ Red 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.

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Patent Pending 'Florpenred'
Plant Type Perennials
Height Medium 18-24"
Spacing Plant 18" apart
Bloom Time Late Spring to Late Summer
Sun / Shade Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
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.