Beardtongue 'Coccineus' (Penstemon barbatus)
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Beardtongue 'Coccineus' (Penstemon barbatus)

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Beardtongue is a perennial shrub for the near-natural garden, stone garden, and the classic borders of flowers. From June, its graceful, bright red, bell-shaped blossoms show and, as a true continuously blooming plant, delight until autumn. The name
points out the fine hairs that can be found on the underside of the calyx. Especially bees and bumblebees often visit the beautiful blossoms to draw on their nectar. You can cut the inflorescences very well for the flower vase. Beardtongue is also very advisable as a pot plant.

Originally, this shrub stems from Central and South America. Therefore, it's used to rather dry winters and turns out to be less long-living in our climate as it doesn't tolerate waterlogging. A sunny location with permeable soil is ideal. As companions in the flower bed, bergamot, phlox, meadow clary, yarrow, catnip, and some beautiful grasses are suitable.

Penstamon barbatus seeds, content: Approx. 100 Beardtongue seeds.
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Country of origin:
Central AmericaMexicoSouth America
Plant height approx.:
80 – 100 cm
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Lifecycle :
Winter hardiness zone (whz):
3 (–40 bis –34 °c)
full sun
Water requirements:
Avoid waterloggingMedium
Soil type:
Cut flowerOrnamental plantOutdoor pot plantgute nährpflanze für insekten
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0.5 cm
Best germination temperature :
5 °C
Planting distance:
35 cm
Honey plantNeeds cold for germination
Main harvest:
Perennial shrub for sunny, moist locations. Preculture indoors possible from February or direct sowing outdoors from September to February. Only cover the seeds lightly with soil and keep them moist. Cold germination. Alternatively, an artificial stratification is possible. Mix the seeds with moist sand in a plastic bag. The bag has to remain warm and moist (approx. +20°C) in the first 2-4 weeks and, afterward, be placed in the fridge, where it should remain at a temperature of +5°C for 5-6 weeks. Then, take the plastic bag out and watch regularly at room temperature if the seeds germinate. Prick the seeds in pots and plant them out after the last frost in mid-May.

Beardtongue doesn't tolerate waterlogging. Although it's hardy, it should be covered lightly in winter to protect it from too much wetness. The shrub should be cut back in autumn or spring to promote new sprouting.
Other names
Botanical name:
penstemon barbatus
German names:
English names:
beard tonguebeardlip penstemonbeardtonguepenstemonscarlet beardtongue
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
100 Pcs.


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