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Penstemon Cha Cha Hot Pink (Beardtongue)

Beardtongue Cha Cha Hot Pink, Beard Tongue Cha Cha Hot Pink

Penstemon CHA CHA Hot Pink, Pink Penstemon, Pink Beardtongue
Penstemon CHA CHA Hot Pink, Pink Penstemon, Pink Beardtongue
Penstemon CHA CHA Hot Pink, Pink Penstemon, Pink Beardtongue
Penstemon CHA CHA Hot Pink, Pink Penstemon, Pink Beardtongue

Penstemon Cha Cha Hot Pink boasts striking hot pink flowers that demand attention. The blossoms, structured in dense flower spikes, are tubular, a classic hallmark of the Penstemon family.

Penstemon Cha Cha Hot Pink: An In-depth Look

Native: While Penstemons are predominantly native to North America, Cha Cha Hot Pink is a cultivar developed for specific horticultural traits, thus not native to a specific region.

Plant Type and Habit: This semi-evergreen perennial forms a clump of sturdy stems with a a compact, upright habit, presenting a bushy appearance that fills out garden spaces effectively.

Size: Typically, Cha Cha Hot Pink reaches 27 inches (68 cm) with a spread of 20 inches (50 cm), making it a medium-sized plant ideal for borders or as a focal point.

Flowers: The flowers are the highlight — tubular, hot pink blooms with a lighter throat, which are not only visually appealing but also a favorite of pollinators.

Bloom Time: The flowering season for Cha Cha Hot Pink extends from mid-summer into early fall under optimal conditions.

Foliage: The foliage is lance-shaped, glossy, and deep green, providing a lush backdrop for the lighter colored flowers.

Uses: Ideal for borders, cottage gardens, pollinator gardens, or as a focal point in container plantings. It’s also used in cut flower arrangements.

Pollinators: Penstemon is attractive to various pollinators, especially bees, and hummingbirds, which are drawn to their nectar-rich flowers.

Toxicity: There are no significant concerns regarding toxicity with Penstemons, and they are generally considered safe around pets and children.

Deer and Rabbit: Penstemon Cha Cha Hot Pink is generally resistant to deer and rabbits, which tend to bypass it for more palatable plants.

Drought: Once established, Cha Cha Hot Pink exhibits a good degree of drought tolerance, making it suitable for xeriscaping.

Penstemon Growing Tips

Light: Full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun per day). Tolerates light shade

Soil: Well-drained soil is crucial. Penstemons prefer rocky or sandy lean soils rather than rich garden loam. Avoid overly moist, poorly drained soils.

Water: Water well until plants are established. Once established, Penstemons tolerate some drought. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Over-watering or wet soils can lead to root rot.

Fertilizer: Penstemon plants generally do not require heavy fertilization and can thrive in relatively lean soil conditions. However, providing them with a light application of an organic fertilizer in the fall can help boost their growth and flowering potential.

Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming. Cut back plants in late autumn or early spring to promote vigorous growth.

Mulching: Mulching Penstemon can help regulate ground temperature and suppress weed growth. Choose a mulch that does not hold water. Use organic materials like shredded bark, compost, or pine straw. Avoiding direct contact with the stems to prevent rot and pest issues.

Propagation: Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer, semi-hardwood cuttings in midsummer, or by division in spring

Pests and Diseases: No serious pest or disease issues, but watch for slugs, snails, and nematodes. Fungal diseases can occur in overly wet conditions; ensure good air circulation and avoid overhead watering to prevent issues like powdery mildew, leaf spot, and root rot. Rust can cause small, rust-colored pustules on leaves and stems, leading to defoliation and stunted growth.

Penstemon: How to Grow and Care with Success


Properly growing Penstemon ensures robust, vibrant blooms and foliage, enhances garden biodiversity by attracting pollinators, prevents disease, and maintains plant health. Thriving plants provide longer-lasting beauty and environmental benefits, contributing positively to local ecosystems and the aesthetic value of your landscape.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Penstemon
Common names Penstemon, Beardtongue
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 20" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Bees, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Penstemon pallidus (Pale Beardtongue)
Penstemon pseudospectabilis (Desert Beardtongue)
Penstemon parryi (Parry’s Beardtongue)
Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Electric Blue’ (Foothill Beardtongue)
Penstemon ‘Evelyn’ (Beardtongue)
Penstemon ovatus (Eggleaf Beardtongue)

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Echinacea (Coneflower)
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Penstemon
Common names Penstemon, Beardtongue
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 20" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Bees, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow
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