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).
Zones 4 - 8
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Rabbit Resistant
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Plant Size 30-36" tall 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 2.5" Pot
SKU HC014196

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.
More Information
Ships To Canada
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
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
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)
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Evergreen, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest
Native To
North America
Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Planting Guides
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.
ZoneShipping Status
Zone 2Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 3Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 4Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 5Shipping begins the week of April 29th, 2019
Zone 6Shipping begins the week of April 15th, 2019
Zone 7Shipping begins the week of March 25th, 2019
Zone 8Shipping begins the week of March 4th, 2019
Zone 9Shipping begins the week of February 25th, 2019
Zone 10Shipping begins the week of February 25th, 2019
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