AZ Arboretums

Penstemon superbus

Superb PenstemonCommon:  Superb Penstemon, Superb Beardtongue, Coral Penstemon
Family:   Scrophulariaceae
Origin/Range: USA (New Mexico, Arizona), Mexico (Sonora, Chihuahua), 3000 to 6000 feet elevation (900-1800 m)
Light:  Light shade to full sun
Loves hot weather

Water:  Little water, drought resistant, needs good drainage, needs regular summer water

In bloom, 4 to 6 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.

Tall showy spikes of coral, tubular flowers rise above the foliage. Spreads slowly but steadlily via stolons to form large clumps. A common native in whe western U.S. that is very drought tolerant and good for meadows and borders.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune old flower heads to encourage more blossoms.

Clump forming, drought tolerant, hummingbird friendly, summer flowering.