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Penstemon clutei (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). 36" tall x 18-24" wide.
Tips for growing Penstemon (Beardtongue)
Penstemon are generally evergreen and have beautiful flowers that are very attractive to hummingbirds. Most varieties are rabbit resistant.
*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: Watch our video: How To Plant Penstemon or read articles: 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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from Cascade, MT
About Me Master Gardener
Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon clutei:
I live in a chinook area so it is very windy, zone 4. I planted this in sandy soil on the south side of the house, exposed to the predominant SW winds. It is a beautiful plant with a long bloom period. It took a full summer to establish itself and is a large robust plant now. Highly recommend.
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A nice hardy penstemon
from Smith Valley, NV
About Me Avid Gardener
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.
Showy, long blooming, and large
from Abilene KS
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.
Fast grower, hardy, great plant
By Native Plant Guru
from Johnstown, CO
About Me Professional Landscaper
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.
By Lauren Clark
from Abilene, TX
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.
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.
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