Desert beardtongue

Penstemon pseudospectabilis

Desert beardtonque, Penstemon pseudospectabilis, Plant Select
Desert beardtonque, Penstemon pseudospectabilis, Plant Select
Mounds of deep blue green, toothed foliage are topped with wands of vivid purple-magenta trumpets for much of the growing season. This long-lived perennial thrives in water-thrifty gardens where it attracts hummingbirds in daylight and hawkmoths at dusk. It makes a striking contrast alongside yellow daisies, especially chocolate flower, both thriving on neglect. Nearly evergreen through mild winters. Xeriscape.

Tips from the pros: May reseed some. Deadhead for the first two years to avoid seed set - will result in a stronger plant. Thrives in disturbed soils - aerate surrounding soil with push aerator or spading fork from time to time. A few deep soakings during the growing season will prolong bloom time. Wait and cut back in spring to ensure hardiness.
Plant Type Perennial
Height 32-36 inches
Width 18-20 inches
Flowering Season May to July
Flower Color Pink
Sun Sun, Partial Sun
Water Needs Dry to xeric
USDA Hardiness Zone Zones 5-9
Soil Type Clay, sandy
Deer Resistant Yes
Good for Pollination Yes
Winter Interest No
North American Native Yes
Year Introduced 2015