Beardlip penstemon

Penstemon barbatus | Also known as: Bearded penstemon | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Bearded penstemon will attract lots of lovely insects… and then hummingbirds, which will probably eat them.

Penstemon barbatus which is commonly known as the Beardlip penstemon is an attention-grabbing plant that is sure to draw admirers wherever it is planted. The Beardlip penstemon has panicles of red trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom from late spring to the middle of summer and are attractive to the likes of insects such as butterflies as well as hummingbirds. The Beardlip penstemon is suited to well-drained loamy, chalky or sandy soil in areas of full sunlight or partial shade. This magnificent plant is a showstopper within mixed borders and is a beautiful means of adding striking colour to cottage garden and rock garden designs.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.8
Spread [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Red
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Erect
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-9
Heat zone
  • H9-2
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -1
Heat days
  • 1 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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Penstemon digitalis which is commonly known as Foxglove penstemon has pretty clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers that are white with hints of purple. The leaves form basal rosettes and are commonly reddish-purple in colour. The Foxglove penstemon is an elegant plant that is well-suited to borders and beds. It can also be planted in containers, which is convenient if you want a flexible garden design where aspects can be changed easily. This versatile plant is a fine complement to many garden designs including city and cottage gardens, as well as coastal and courtyard gardens. This lovely plant is best grown in full sunlight within sandy, loamy or chalky soil that offers good drainage.

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The incredibly beautiful flowers of Penstemon heterophyllus, also known as Foothill penstemon, are sure to have people pausing in delight to admire them. The flowers are shaped like trumpets and are available in shades of blue and purple. This plant is best suited to well-drained loamy, chalky or sandy soil and should be placed in areas of full sunlight. Whether you’re looking to design a garden that is small or large, the Foothill penstemon can be used to great advantage thanks to its striking colours and versatility. This plant does well in beds and borders and is an enchanting addition to city and courtyard gardens as well as more informal cottage gardens and rock gardens.

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With penstemon newberryi or mountain pride in your garden you’ll definitely feel proud of your outdoor space. The abundance of stunning pinkish-red tube-shaped flowers makes this plant an excellent means of introducing vibrant colour to your garden design. Ideally suited to loamy, sandy or chalky soil that has good drainage, mountain pride should be grown in an area where it will receive full sunlight. As the name would suggest, this plant is perfect for rock and gravel gardens. Mountain pride is a good choice if you’re after a plant requiring little maintenance and its picturesque appearance will leave you feeling very chuffed every time you see it.

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The pine-leaved penstemon or Penstemon pinifolius has foliage that resembles needles in appearance, with exquisite trumpet-shaped flowers that are bright red. The pine-leaved penstemon thrives in full sunlight and is best suited to loamy, chalky and sandy soils that provide good drainage. This is an ideal plant choice for low-maintenance garden designs. It is an attractive option for flower beds and borders and looks just as lovely in city gardens as it does in wildlife gardens. The pine-leaved penstemon is also a cheerful splash of colour for cottage gardens and rock gardens.