Penstemon clutei

Sunset Crater Beardtongue

36" tall x 18-24" wide. Sunset Crater Beardtongue, one of our very best Western species, blooms most of the summer with spikes of beautiful pink flowers. A willing re-seeder it makes colorful colonies of big, showy plants. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Summer
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SKU HBLL621

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36" tall x 18-24" wide. One of our favorite beardtongues, Sunset Crater Beardtongue is easy-to-grow and re-seeds readily to make big, colorful colonies of long blooming, pink flowered plants. Although a rare species, native to a limited area near Flagstaff, AZ, P. clutei has proven to be very adaptable, needing only well drained soils, dry conditions, gravel mulch and lots of sun. Low fertility, well drained soil.
Associated SKUs
HBLL6XX
HBLL621 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
75800 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Sunset Crater Beardtongue
Botanical Name Penstemon clutei
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 30-36" tall
Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Native
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for growing Penstemon (Beardtongue)

Penstemon are generally evergreen and have beautiful flowers that are very attractive to hummingbirds. Most varieties are rabbit resistant.

  1. They need “elbow room”, maximum sun, heat and don’t like to be crowded by other plants.
  2. Plant only in well-drained soils; clay soils and Penstemon are incompatible.
  3. Avoid overly enriched soils; too much compost and fertilizer will shorten their life span.
  4. They establish quickly and the amount and frequency of watering needs to be reduced after about 8 to 10 weeks to create dry conditions.
  5. When using drip irrigation, be sure to put the emitter off to the side of the plant, not right on top of the root ball to avoid overwatering the plant.
  6. Plant high, leaving the top of the rootball just above the surrounding soil to avoid burying the crown of the plant.
  7. Mulch with gravel or pine needles in arid climates. No mulch is needed where conditions are moister. Always avoid bark, grass clippings, or compost as mulch materials.
  8. Allow some of the plants to set seed (don't deadhead all of the flower spikes)*.
  9. Fertilize sparingly. One time each year in the fall is enough. Apply a light application of an organic or natural fertilizer such as Yum Yum Mix as a top dressing around the plants. Don't use high nitrogen water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Gro

*To keep penstemon that have finely textured or matted evergreen foliage looking their best, you'll want to 'deadhead" them. Shear off the fading flowering spikes just as the plant is going out of flower. Gently bunch the flower spikes together with one hand and cut them off at the point where they go down into the mat of foliage with your clipper in your other hand.

Recommended for the following varieties: P. pinifolius types (‘Compactum', ‘Mersea Yellow', ‘Nearly Red', ‘Magdalena Sunshine' and ‘Tall Orange Mix'), as well as Penstemon linarioides v. coloradensis and Penstemon virens ('Blue Lips').

More in-depth guidance for growing Penstemon: Penstemon for the Waterwise Garden, David’s Favorite Plants: Pineleaf Beardtongue, The Beardtongue Family: Penstemania for Penstemon and The Genus Penstemon; The Royalty of American Wildflowers The Genus Penstemon; The Royalty of American Wildflowers (Part 2).


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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5.0

A nice hardy penstemon

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon clutei:

    A nice xeric plant, easy in a tough climate (drought, wind). Plant has grown well but no flowers the first year. Looking forward to some as the plant matures.

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    5.0

    Showy, long blooming, and large

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    from Abilene KS

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon clutei:

      I bought a number of these last year. They didn't do much the first year, but the following spring, they are large and blooming heavily. The spread is wider than 2 feet for several of them. I've planted them with salvias and other penstemon, including Elfin Pink.

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      5.0

      Fast grower, hardy, great plant

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      from Johnstown, CO

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon clutei:

            This plant has very attractive foliage, is a rapid grower, and looks great in most landscapes. Plants that arrvied were small pots, but filled in very quickly. One year later, it is bigger than 1 gallon plants planted later in the season. It overwintered well in a berm in zone 5 weather. Some foliage remained green all year.

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            Tough Plant!

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              I fell backwards and landed on this plant last year when it was a baby! Then I stepped on it! I finally put a statue by it to protect it, and it is beautiful. That part of my garden doesn't get much water, and I live in Abilene, TX. We are hot and the nights do not cool off. It is about to bloom, and the leaves are beautiful.

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              USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

              To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

              • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
              • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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