Penstemon barbatus coccineus 'Jingle Bells'

Scarlet Bugler

Colorful Beard Tongues vary from small, rock-garden-sized plants to tall, floppy, shrublike plants. Tubular flowers of red, purple, pink, white, a rare yellow, and the much-sought-after blue attract hummingbirds. The 250 species are mostly native to western North American deserts, mountains, plains and forests. Some varieties are easy to find locally. Buy other, more unusual types at nurseries specializing in mountain and plains plants. Care and growing needs differ, though all like full sun and fast drainage. Plants usually die after 3 to 4 years, and some species may die faster if grown in too-rich, well-watered soil. Many are easy from seed, while others are best bought in containers during your growing season.
Penstemon barbatus coccineus, Scarlet Bugler
A splendid tall perennial for the herbaceous border. The long, graceful flower spikes carry bell-shaped flowers of bright scarlet throughout the summer. It is also a wonderful cut flower.

Attributes - Penstemon barbatus coccineus 'Jingle Bells'

Plant Type: Perennial

Bloom Season: Late Spring through Late Summer

Flower Color: Red

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 2 ft. to 3 ft. 6 in.

Width: 3 ft. 6 in.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Black Spot, Rust.

Related Plants

Penstemon 'Garnet', Penstemon 'Prairie Dusk', Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red', Penstemon x gloxinioides, Penstemon parryi, Penstemon pinifolius
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