(Beardlip Penstemon, Beardtongue, Rondo Beardtongue)
Although native to the relatively dry climes of northern Mexico and the Southwest U.S., Penstemon barbatus also succeeds in damper regions such as the Northeast U.S. Its hybrid 'Rondo Mix' produces spike-like, hummingbird-attracting racemes of pink, lavender, and purple flowers from late spring into summer, above clumps of semi-evergreen leaves.
This plant likes sun and relatively dry soil, so give it good drainage in humid or damp climates. It is well suited to the rock garden and mixed border.
Ball® Horticultural Company
Producing compact hummingbird-attracting spires of pink, rose, blue, violet, and mauve flowers from late spring into summer, this colorful mix flowers the first year from seed. Deriving from the Southwest United States native Penstemon barbatus, 'Navigator' bears that species' typical narrow sharkhead-shaped blooms. Loosely arrayed on compact stems, the cheerful blossoms are small compared to the more sophisticated hybrids, but their rainbow hues catch the eye. The flowering stems rise from...
This small tufted evergreen perennial is a truly charming western rock garden plant. Like creeping thyme, it is a spreading plant but prettier in bloom and more drought resistant. A native of the mountainous west, it resides among the sagebrush plant communities of northern Colorado, southwestern Wyoming and northeastern Utah.
Plants are mat-like and have dense tiny leaves, much like that of a thyme. In drier conditions the leaves take on a gray fuzzy look. The lovely rich blue tubular flowers...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Talus Slope Penstemon)
A favorite of hummingbirds, this herbaceous perennial from central and eastern North America bears tall, raceme-like spikes of tubular white flowers in late spring and early summer, above large clumps of oval leaves. The blooms are sometimes tinged with purple.
This plant likes sun and well-drained soil, and tolerates heat and humidity. Use it as a cut flower, in the perennial border, or in a wildflower planting.
(Husker Red Penstemon, Talus Slope Penstemon)
Foxglove beardtongue is a herbaceous perennial native to central and eastern North America. The leaves of the cultivar 'Husker Red' are beet-red in spring, maturing to green with purple tints. In late spring and early summer it bears tall, raceme-like spikes of tubular white flowers tinged with purple.
'Husker Red' likes sun and well-drained soil, and tolerates heat and humidity. Use it as a cut flower, in the perennial border, or in a wildflower planting.
Ernst Benary® Inc.
(Mystica Talus Slope Penstemon, Talus Slope Penstemon)
A favorite of hummingbirds, foxglove beardtongue is a tall herbaceous perennial native to central and eastern North America. The narrowly oval leaves of the cultivar 'Mystica' are deep bronze-red in spring, mature to dark green with red overtones, and turn bright red in fall. In late spring and early summer it bears tall spires of very pale lavender-pink bell-shaped flowers. The basal leaves persist over winter.
This beauty likes full or partial sun and well-drained soil, and shrugs off heat...
This is a true firecracker of a perennial custom made for the dry gardens of the west.
Firecracker penstemon is naturally distributed across regions of the southwestern United States from California to New Mexico. This well-adapted plant inhabits rocky slopes at high elevations where summers are dry and winters are cold.
In summer, tall slender leafy flower stalks lined with bright red tubular blossoms appear from neat clumps of smooth green foliage. These flowers are designed to attract...