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Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' (Beardtongue)

Beardlip Penstemon, Scarlet Beardtongue, Beard Tongue 'Coccineus', BeardTongue 'Coccineus', Penstemon 'Coccineus'


Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' (Beardtonge) is a clump-forming perennial with erect, loose spikes boasting brilliant scarlet, tubular flowers borne in profusion in the spring and again in the fall. They rise above a lush foliage of lance-shaped, medium green leaves. 

  • On display from late spring through mid summer, this Penstemon grows vigorously to 2-4 ft. tall (60-120 cm) and 9-12 in. wide (22-30 cm), and adds lovely vertical lines to the landscape. 
  • Provides a bold and striking impact in beds, borders, cottage gardens, rock gardens or in prairie plantings. Ideal for naturalistic planting schemes. Good as cut flowers too!
  • Best grown in full sun in fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates almost any soils including dry soils. Drought tolerant once established. Dislikes damp conditions and needs excellent drainage! Penstemons need very little water and barely any fertilizer. Fertilize lightly when planting and then never again. Over fertilizing Penstemons leads to excessive die back in the winter.
  • Attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators but is resistant to deer and rabbits.
  • Generally disease and pest free
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in midsummer. Propagate by division in spring.
  • Deadhead after flowering to maintain vigor. Then cut back to base in early spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Penstemon - Beardtongues
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Penstemon - Beardtongues
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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