General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees
Suitable for wintersowing
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem

Common names
  • Beardlip Penstemon
  • Bearded Penstemon
  • Pride of the Mountain
  • Beard Tongue
  • Beardtongue
  • Golden-beard Penstemon
  • Firecracker Penstemon
  • Scarlet bugler
  • Red penstemon
  • Beardlip penstemon
  • Beard-lip beardtongue
  • Penstemon

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Location: Oregon
Date: spring 2012
Location: Colorado
Date: 2006-09-15
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2018-06-07
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2015-12-20

Photo courtesy of: davidbygott
Location: western Oregon
Date: spring 2014
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 29, 2013 11:57 PM concerning plant:
    "Penstemon barbatus, known by the common names Golden-beard penstemon, Beardlip penstemon, and Scarlet bugler, is a flowering plant native to the western United States. In Spanish-speaking New Mexico and southern Colorado, it is called varita de San Jose -- "St. Joseph's staff."

    The plant has spikes of clustered, tubular, scarlet blossoms with yellow hairs on their lower lip; the flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds. It is commonly grown in Xeriscape and conventional gardens, and several cultivars of different colors have been developed.

    The late-summer flowering of Penstemon barbatus coincides with the southern migration of the Rufous hummingbird, and the hummingbirds use the Scarlet buglers as "filling stations" for their long trip south."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 3, 2014 1:21 PM concerning plant:
    According to NPIN, Penstemon barbatus has special value to native bees.
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