(Azure Penstemon, Skyblue Penstemon)
These are true New World wildflowers. Penstemons are found all over the North American continent from Alaska and the arctic regions of Canada southward though the United States and into Mexico and Central America. Most of the species are found from the western states to the south. This large genus has more than 270 species and many hundreds of hybrids and cultivars. In the wild they inhabit lots of areas including moist open woods, meadows, alpine and piedmont regions, dry rangelands and deserts....
(Beardlip Penstemon, Scarlet Beardtongue)
When in bloom, beardlip penstemon produces tall spikes of tubular crimson flowers that are exceptionally beautiful. Native to the relatively dry climes of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, this herbaceous perennial grows surprisingly well in temperate regions across the country.
From late spring to midsummer many long pike-like spikes of bright red tubular blooms rise from a basal clump of semi-evergreen leaves. The flowers draw hummingbirds from afar and are long lasting if...
Cute, small and perfectly sized for cramped quarters, this bright little herbaceous perennial is far from shy when it comes to flowering. Deriving from the Southwest United States native Penstemon barbatus, it bears that species' typical narrow sharkhead-shaped blooms. Loosely arrayed on compact stems, the late spring and early summer blossoms are small compared to the more sophisticated hybrids, but their delicious coral and salmon hues – sometimes verging on rosy pink – catch the eye....
James H. Schutte
(Beardlip Penstemon, Elfin Pink Penstemon)
This dainty penstemon is truly a fairy-like presence in the garden. But don’t let its stature fool you: its parent is a rugged perennial wildflower native to most of the southwestern and southern Rocky Mountain states, thriving in dry sun-drenched sites. Beautiful pink tubular blossoms line the abundant flower spires that rise from narrow evergreen foliage from late spring into summer.
A favorite of hummingbirds, this herbaceous perennial prefers full sun and neutral to alkaline soil that...
(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...