|'Elfin Pink' has clear pink flowers. P. barbatus has semi-evergreen basal rosettes and deciduous stems. From early summer to early fall, produces long panicles of pendent, tubular red flowers, the reflexed lower lips with yellow beards, the upper ones projecting over them.
This short-lived perennial, often treated as an annual in colder climates, is grown primarily for it's pretty, tubular, two-lipped flowers. The leaves are narrow and lance shaped. Penstemons like dry, but rich soil. They are mid summer bloomers, attract hummingbirds, and will keep your garden exciting after the spring colors have faded away.