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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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2001

Synonym:Penstemon schmidel

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

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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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral mehitabel45 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.

Positive kiseta 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.

Neutral pamsaplantin 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.


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
Malvern, Pennsylvania
Pearland, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Charlottesville, Virginia
Freeland, Washington
Lakewood, Washington
White Center, Washington
Morgantown, West Virginia

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