'Elfin Pink' is a showy beardtongue with 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).
12-18" 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'". Remove spent flowers spikes. Lightly prune untidy growth.
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Elfin Pink Beardtongue
Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Easy To Grow, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers, Rabbit Resistant
Anywhere In The US, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Spring / Summer, Fall
Ships To Canada
Tips for growing Penstemon (Beardtongue)
Penstemon are generally evergreen and have beautiful flowers that are very attractive to hummingbirds. Most varieties are rabbit resistant.
They need “elbow room,” maximum sun, heat and don’t like to be crowded by other plants.
Plant only in well-drained soils; clay soils and Penstemon are incompatible.
Avoid overly enriched soils; too much compost and fertilizer will shorten their lifespan.
They establish quickly and the amount and frequency of watering needs to be reduced after about 8 to 10 weeks to create dry conditions.
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.
Plant high, leaving the top of the rootball just above the surrounding soil to avoid burying the crown of the plant.
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.
Allow some of the plants to set seed (don't deadhead all of the flower spikes)*.
*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').
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