Red n' Pretty® Genetian Beardtongue

Penstemon gentianoides

SKU
06387
Tall showy spikes of bright red flowers rise above mounded foliage throughout summer. This colorful native Penstemon selection thrives in a wide range of sites and soils and is adaptable to dry conditions when established. Adds beauty and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies to meadows and borders.
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Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.

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Botanical PronunciationPEN-stem-on jen-shee-uh-NOY-deez
LorePenstemon 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.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 12 to 24 in. tall and 24 - 36 in. wide; flower spikes to 36 inches tall.
Bloom TimeRed flowers early summer to fall.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitMounding
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-10

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