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Beardlip penstemon

Penstemon barbatus

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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.

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

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

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

  • Genus : Penstemon
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red, Yellow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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