Bridges' penstemon

Penstemon rostriflorus

Bridges Penstemon, penstemon rostriflorus, Plant Select
Dark evergreen foliage covered with a constant succession of scarlet trumpet flowers through the hot summer months. Long lived and durable under a wide range of climatic conditions. Little known Southwestern native wildflower. Perennial. Xeriscape. Read more here.

Tips from the pros: May reseed some. Deadhead for the first two years to avoid seed set - will result in a stronger plant. After that, deadhead to encourage repeat blooming and to avoid seedlings. Thrives in disturbed soils - aerate surrounding soil with push aerator or spading fork from time to time.
Plant Type Perennial
Height 24-36 inches
Width 24-36 inches
Flowering Season Summer
Flower Color Red
Sun Sun, Part Sun
Water Needs Moderate to xeric
USDA Hardiness Zone Zones 4b-8
Soil Type Clay, loam, sandy
Deer Resistant Yes
Good for Pollination Yes
Winter Interest No
North American Native Yes
Year Introduced 2006
Annual Commercial Maintenance Hand trim back dead stems in spring.
5-10 Year Commercial Maintenance Follow annual maintenance. This can be a long lived perennial if growing conditions are correct.
Elevation Guide Up to 8125 ft