Carillo Purple Beardtongue

Penstemon x mexicali 'Carillo Purple'

From a new, exceptionally long-flowering, heat and drought tolerant series, this wonderfully compact variety is one of best we've seen. Upright plants with glossy foliage require little care and reliably burst into bloom in late spring to early summer, providing a season-long show. Excellent for containers, as an edging plant, or at the front of borders.
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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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Average Size at MaturityUpright growth to 8 to 12 in. tall, spreading 12 in. wide.
Bloom TimeLate spring to fall.
Design IdeasEvoking the North American prairie, this compact and colorful penstemon stands out in mass plantings, especially in meadows and naturalized gardens, but is equally at home at the front of a perennial border, or in more formal bedding style gardening. A mainstay of the hummingbird and butterfly garden.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitMounding
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.

Provide well drained, moderately fertile soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Avoid overly wet winter conditions. Shear spent blooms to promote re-bloom. Cut back to the ground at season-end.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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