Beardlip penstemon

Penstemon barbatus

Photo/Illustration: 
Charles Mann
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Beardlip penstemon (Penstemon barbatus)
PEN-steh-mon bar-BAY-tus
Genus:  Penstemon

This erect perennial has basal rosettes and stems bearing lance-shaped mid-green leaves. The plant bears long panicles of scarlet or yellow flowers from early summer to early autumn.

Care: 

Easy to grow in fertile, well-drained soil and full sun to part shade.

Propagation: 

Take softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in mid-summer. Divide in spring.

Problems: 

Powdery mildew, rust, leaf spots, and Southern blight. Slugs and snails may damage young plants.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Red,
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

Penstemon barbatus