- Common Name(s):
- Bearded tongue
Penstemon is a dramatically beautiful, tall, slender plant. The cultivar 'Husker Red' has maroon foliage and light pinkish flowers. Many hybrids of uncertain parentage occur with varying hardiness, so mulch well in winter.
Wildlife Value: Seeds attract songbirds. Members of the genus Penstemon support the following specialized bee: Osmia (Melanosmia) distincta.
- Late spring to summer
- 18-36 in.
- Flower Color:
- Bright red, pink, rose, violet, orange, white
- USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8
- Seed sown late summer, cuttings in summer, division
- Full sun
- Well-drained soil
- Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
- Mexico, Southwestern USA
NCCES plant id: 758