Penstemon hartwegii | Hartweg’s Beard Tongue ‘Sensation Mix’
Penstemon is a wonderful genus of wildly varied, flowering, herbaceous perennials. It’s a genus of vast proportions that would be hard to comprehend in one sitting, let alone a lifetime. With some 280 species, Penstemon is the largest genus of flowering plants endemic to the Americas, ranging from warm Central America to the cold plains of Canada.
Generally Beard Tongues have tall, loose spikes of small flowers above small or thin leaves. Plants vary from a few centimeters to several feet tall. Grow well on slopes and prefer to be out in the open in full sun. Easy to grow and drought tolerant.
Penstemon hartwegii, known as Hartwegs Beard Tongue, Garden Bells, and Pride of the Mountain, has an upright habit with green leaves and tall flower spikes covered with large trumpet-shaped bicolor flowers in a mixture of purple, pink and lilac, all with bright white centers. Flowers over a long period during summer. Great for cottage gardens, mixed beds, and borders. Butterfly and hummingbird magnet, Makes superb cut flowers.
Allowing seeds to drop in the garden to be vernalized (chilled) over winter will result in new spring Penstemon starts.
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 24-30 inches
Mature width: 18-24 inches
Hardiness zones: 5-10