Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink

Elfin Pink Beardtongue

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Elfin Pink is a showy beardtongue with tall, late spring blooming spikes of bright pink flowers. 'Elfin Pink' is more tolerant of richer soils and moister conditions than most beardtongues making it a great choice for much of the U.S. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 8
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 75718


24" tall x 15" wide (cutting propagated). This cultivar is well suited to all areas of the West. It adapts better than many "xeric native species" in areas with more heat and humidity, like the Midwest and eastern U.S. 'Elfin Pink' likes a well-drained, compost enriched garden soil and more regular watering for best results. Shown growing with "Chrysanthemum 'Snow Cap'".

SKU 75718
Common Name Elfin Pink Beardtongue
Botanical Name Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 24" tall
Mature Spread 15" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant
Ideal Region Suitable Above 7000 ft, Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A great addition to low-water gardens


from Pendleton, OR


  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy


    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink:

    Thus is a beautiful penstemon and a great addition to gardens with lots of sun and high temperatures. Does not do as well in part shade.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Lovely plant


    from Abilene, KS

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    • Attractive
    • Healthy


      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink:

      I was late in getting these planted last spring, but they were blooming heavily by the end of the summer. This spring they are growing well. The flowers are a nice shade of pink.

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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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