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Beardtongue, Beard Tongue, Penstemon 'Red Riding Hood'


Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Riding Hood
Additional cultivar information:(PP18950; Riding Hood series)
Hybridized by Lubbe
Registered or introduced: 2001
Synonym:Penstemon schmidel
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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Augusta, Georgia

Staunton, Illinois

Hebron, Kentucky

Royal Oak, Michigan

Amherst, New Hampshire

Buffalo, New York

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Norman, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Walterville, Oregon

Baden, Pennsylvania

Lititz, Pennsylvania

Malvern, Pennsylvania

Pearland, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Charlottesville, Virginia

Freeland, Washington

Lakewood, Washington

White Center, Washington

Morgantown, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 18, 2015, Sequoiadendron4 from Lititz, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is my second year for this plant. The first year it did grow a couple tall stalks and they did indeed flop. While that was initially bad, over time they rooted in and multiplied. The plant retains its green leaves all winter in our garden. Our plant has grown huge now since last years flop and it's looking really good. I'm very happy with this plant. It's also worth noting that many penstemons flop so I wouldn't blame just this plant.


On Sep 17, 2013, mehitabel45 from Whidbey Island, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Meh. Great color, lots of bloom the first year, and then floppy and not so great the following year. I have several penstemon varieties, and this is not in the top 5. Maybe it will get over all the tinkering in the greenhouse that got it to my garden, but next year, it shapes up or ships out. Does re-bloom in the fall, and looks good with purple asters, sedum, and pale yellow coreopsis.


On May 2, 2011, kiseta from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this plant, I wish I got more when I bought 3 of them, it is wery showy and happy in morning sun, afternoon shade.


On Jul 30, 2009, pamsaplantin from Morgantown, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

Various sites claim this plant is hardy to zone 5. I just bought one this week & the label said hardy to zone 3.