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Coral Penstemon

Coral Penstemon

Regular price $21.50 USD
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Plant Type: perennial
Plant Height: 2-4 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Flower Color: coral
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


Coral Penstemon, specifically Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus', also known as Beardtongue, is a striking perennial that is native to the southern United States and Mexico. This variety is particularly admired for its tall, upright spikes of bright coral-red flowers, which bloom prolifically from late spring to early summer, providing a vibrant splash of color to the garden. The tubular shape of the flowers is especially attractive to hummingbirds, making it an excellent choice for a wildlife or pollinator garden.

Growing to about 2 to 4 feet in height and spreading 1 to 2 feet wide, Coral Penstemon forms an upright clump of lance-shaped, green leaves. Its flowers are borne on tall, slender stems that rise above the foliage, creating a dramatic visual display that can add height and color to mixed borders, perennial beds, and cottage gardens.

Adapted to full sun to partial shade, Coral Penstemon thrives in well-draining soil and is drought-tolerant once established, making it suitable for xeriscapes and water-wise landscaping. While it prefers a sunny location, it can tolerate some shade, especially in hotter climates. It benefits from occasional watering during prolonged dry periods and well-draining soil to prevent root rot.

In landscaping, Coral Penstemon is often used for its ornamental beauty and ability to attract pollinators. It can serve as a focal point in mixed borders, provide vertical interest in perennial beds, or be planted in mass for a stunning display of color. Its resistance to deer and other pests, along with its low maintenance requirements, further enhances its value in the garden.

Overall, Coral Penstemon is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant perennial that adds striking color and ecological benefits to sunny garden areas. Its adaptability to a range of growing conditions and long blooming season make it a popular choice for gardeners looking to create impactful and sustainable landscapes.

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