• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    24 - 30 in. tall, 18 - 24 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Long Bloom Season
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:24 - 30 in. tall, 18 - 24 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Drought tolerant once established. Shear mid- to late summer to allow a new flush of flowers into fall. Divide spring or fall when needed.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The Riding Hood series of improved Penstemon varieties comes from a planned breeding program conducted by Remy Lubbe of Molter BV in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. This selection was made in 2002 from the progeny of a controlled cross-pollination of two unnamed selections of Penstemon schmidel during the spring of 2001. It was chosen for its distinctive upright and relatively compact plant habit, free flowering habit, bright red flowers arranged on strong flowering stems and good garden performance.