Penstemon davidsonii

Davidson's Beardtongue

Penstemon davidsonii, Davidsons Beardtongue View Larger Image

Huge lavender-pink flowers held over its dark green evergreen foliage combine to make this Davidson's Beardtongue a fantastic little garden shrub. Normally a finicky species, our selected form of Penstemon davidsonii (propagated by cuttings from one original plant), has proven itself to be easy-to-grow and long-lived in lean, well-drained soil. 8-10" tall x 12-15" wide.

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Zones 5 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Evergreen
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring through summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
SKU HBLMV51

Details

8-10" tall x 12-15" wide. Huge lavender-pink flowers held over its dark green evergreen foliage combine to make this little beardtongue a fantastic little garden shrub. Normally a finicky species, our selected form (propagated by cuttings from one original plant), has proven itself to be easy-to-grow and long-lived in lean, well-drained soil. Outside of the Pacific NW, plant it in afternoon shade.
Associated SKUs
HBLMVXX
HBLMV21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLMV51 (Plant - 5" deep pot)
Common Name Davidson's Beardtongue
Botanical Name Penstemon davidsonii
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 8-10" tall
Mature Spread 12-15" wide
Bloom Time Late spring through summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Evergreen
Ideal Region Western Only
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).


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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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