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Penstemon barbatus 'Prairie Dusk'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: barbatus (bar-BAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Prairie Dusk

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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1 positive
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral astrogard On Mar 26, 2012, astrogard from Gig Harbor, WA wrote:

Is the listed color (red, pink) correct? Haven't planted mine yet, but it was sold to me as purple, and the photos look pretty much purple.

Neutral greyandamy On Jul 6, 2011, greyandamy from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

Though in gritty soil that's not too wet, and full sun, this plant seems to easily flop. And the blooms don't seem to last long. I'm trying to decide if it needs staked, or how to better meet it's needs. Rather unattractive (to me) as the flowers start browning from base up. I haven't noticed butteflies yet.

Neutral ms_greenjeans On May 28, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Overall, this plant is stunning when it's in bloom, but rather uninspiring when it's not. The bloom period is not as long as I expected, and I have not had sucess trying to get it to rebloom. It also seems to die out and get woody in the middle, so I've dug it up and divided it every year. I do have to say it's blooming beautifully this year, however.

Positive Gazania_in_pa On Jul 31, 2006, Gazania_in_pa from Renfrew, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant with it's bright purple long lasting blooms was loved by bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. It was a very bright spot in my garden beginning in early June when there seems to be a lull in blooming plants.

Neutral smiln32 On Dec 31, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant produces tall bright purple tubular blooms in early summer. Plant height is 30 and a spread of 12-18. The foliage is beautiful all year long. Plant it in full sun and in well-drained soil. Medium growth rate. Can tolerate dry conditions. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.


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

Palm Springs, California
Nampa, Idaho
Machesney Park, Illinois
Fishers, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Marlborough, Massachusetts
Pinconning, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Dallas, Oregon
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Renfrew, Pennsylvania
Salt Lake City, Utah
Charlottesville, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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