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Border Penstemon, Beardtongue, Beard Tongue
Penstemon gloxinoides

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: gloxinoides (gloks-in-OY-deez) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

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

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Antioch, California

Clayton, California

Paradise, California

Sacramento, California

Sherman Oaks, California

Stockton, California

Bessemer City, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 21, 2009, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Ed Hume Sensation Mixed Colors seed mix took a while to get going in the spring, but hit their stride in mid summer, filling out and flowering as a vigorous wonder. Popular with hummingbirds, now in October, the plant is looking unfazed by the increasingly tumultuous weather, which heartens me for their sake. Knowing more about Penstemon, however, I might not have chosen this particular cultivar, for its almost gaudy flower colors. Last update: this page claims it's hardy to -30, but my bumper crop of them are all decimated after a winter that went into the teens and single digits. The trimmed back stumps have no roots, and no seedlings around them.