Red n' Pretty® Genetian Beardtongue

Penstemon gentianoides

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/Firewise, 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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