Scarlet Beardtongue
Penstemon murrayanus

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: murrayanus (mur-ray-AY-nus) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hebron, Kentucky

Red Wing, Minnesota

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Honeoye, New York

North Tonawanda, New York

Linden, Texas

Lockhart, Texas

Longview, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 15, 2011, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the third year growing P. murrayanus in the ground in a totally exposed slightly raised bed in full sun ( zone 6 western NY). It has come back beautifully each year. The winter of 2011 was probably more like zone 5 but it didn't disappoint me in spring. Some organic matter was added when it was originally planted to increase drainage in our normally heavy clay soil. The plant was purchased online from Bustani Plant Farm in OK. No special treatment, drought tolerant and the deer and rabbits haven't bothered it at all.

Positive

On May 18, 2010, mobotany from Ash Fork, AZ wrote:

The information on this beardtounge was good, but a little thin. I monitored stands of this species for 4 years in central Texas, and am also familiar with sites in Oklahoma, Arkansaw, and Louisiana. This plant grows in sandy soils, generally near pine or oak forests. It's common name is Cupleaf Penstemon, due to the the the cupped pairs of bracts fused at the stalk below the paired blossoms of red. This plant can be grown from seeds or devieded rootstock.