Penstemon Barbatus Compact Mix is a very long flowering, native perennial that produces near-constant flushes of beautiful blooms! Penstemon, also known as beardtongues, are extremely hardy and can withstand the poorest of soils. You'll see penstemons growing in gravelly soil, steep hills, and even gravel slides.
This compact drought tolerant mix will produce pinks, rose, purple and blue and attracts hummingbirds. It does fantastic in containers and window boxes. It would be ideal for small space gardening like balconies or small decks. Penstemon will be the focal point of a planter and will serve as the "thriller" plant when designing a planter arrangement.
Penstemons are Hummingbird magnets! In fact, it could be the Hummingbird's favorite flower with its corolla shape that is ideally shaped for hummingbirds to extract nectar. They're also fantastic as borders and bedding plants with their showy flowers! Penstemons are a dry water condition tolerant plant and will do well in areas with very little rainfall like California.
Nearly all pollinators like bees and butterflies seem to love Penstemons! They'll also attract beneficial predatory insects to the garden helping to defend against bad creatures like aphids, thrips, whiteflies, etc.
Sunlight: Full Days to Germination: 14-30 days after cold, moist stratification in the fridge Life Cycle: Perennial Sowing-Direct or Indoors in Well Draining mix Days to Maturity: 55 Sowing Depth-Surface seeds need light
Climate: Highland, Humid Continental, Marine West Coast, Mediterranean, Semiarid Common Name: Penstemon Color: Blue, Pink, Purple, Red Growth Habit: Clumping Soil Type: Chalk, Clay, Loam, Peat, Sand, Silt Season of Interest: Fall, Spring, Summer Life Cycle: Perennial Watering: Medium Genus: Penstemon Sunlight: Full Sun, Medium Sun Features: Mix, Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Air Purifying, Cold Resistant, Dwarf, Fast Growing, Flowering, Potted Cultivating Difficulty: Easy