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).
Zones4 - 8
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Rabbit Resistant
Rock Gardens
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Plant Size30-36" tall 18-24" wide
Bloom TimeSummer
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SizePlant - 2.5" Pot

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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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.
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Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Sunset Crater Beardtongue
Botanical Name
Penstemon clutei
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
36 inches
Mature Height
30-36" tall
Mature Spread
18-24" wide
Bloom Time
Early - Mid Summer, Mid - Late Summer
Bloom Time
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
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)
Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Evergreen, Rock Gardens, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
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