• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 12 to 24 in. tall and 24 - 36 in. wide; flower spikes to 36 inches tall.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Flowers
    Blooms:
    Red flowers early summer to fall.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PEN-stem-on jen-shee-uh-NOY-deez
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Mounding
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 12 to 24 in. tall and 24 - 36 in. wide; flower spikes to 36 inches tall.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Red flowers early summer to fall.
    Flower color:Red
  • Care
    Care Information
    Performs well in moderately fertile, well drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering may be reduced once established. Shear spent blooms to encourage repeat bloom. Cut back in spring - the foliage provides winter protection.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    Penstemon gentianoides, a North and Central American native, is known to be a medicinal plant in Mexico used by indigenous people for their anti-inflammatory effects and to also reduce rheumatic pains.