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Penstemon barbatus 'Purple Riding Hood'


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  • Dark violet-purple flowers
  • Blooms all summer
  • A favorite of hummingbirds


18 in


20-24 in

Hardiness Zone:

4 - 8

Interesting Notes:

Penstemons are very drought tolerant perennials that are easy to grow and are rarely bothered by insects or diseases. Plant them in full sun and watch as hummingbirds feast on their delicious nectar.

Beardtongue Growing and Maintenance Tips

Penstemons should be grown in full sun and very well-drained soil to avoid root rot. Soil fertility need only be average, but a light mulch in winter is recommended. Use Penstemons in the border, for naturalizing, and for cut flowers.

Penstemon barbatus 'Purple Riding Hood' Characteristics


  • Drought Tolerant
  • Mass Plant
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Border
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Hummingbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry
  • Average