Penstemon barbatus

Penstemon barbatus

Scarlet bugler

Previous scientific name(s): Penstemon barbatus var. coccineus

Drought tolerant perennial; full sun. Brilliant red tubular flowers are bilaterally symmetrical upon erect, nearly leafless stems, blooming from June to September. Prefers dry, rocky slopes in canyons or open woods and is found colonizing disturbed areas. Recommended for inclusion in wildflower or erosion control mixes.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
24 
in.
Life Form: 
Perennial
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
Low
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Marginal
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Not Adapted
Fine: 
Not Adapted

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Marginal
Seeding Rate: 
- 4 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
34.00 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
550,000
Planting Season: 
Summer
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
Red
Blooming Season: 
Summer