|This short-lived perennial, often treated as an annual in colder climates, is grown primarily for it's pretty tubular, two-lipped flowers (available in all colors but blue and yellow). The leaves are narrow and lance shaped (up to 8 inches long).
Penstemons like dry, though rich soil. They are early summer bloomers, attract hummingbirds, and will keep your garden exciting after the spring colors have faded. Penstemon barbatus has semi-evergreen basal rosettes and deciduous stems. From early summer to early fall it produces long panicles of pendent, tubular red flowers; the reflexed lower lips with yellow beards, the upper ones projecting over them.
Grows 6 feet tall or more, 12 to 20 inches wide.