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Beard Tongues for Descanso Gardens

BEARD TONGUE

Beard Tongue (Penstemon). There are many species of native Penstemons that range from tiny mats to large upright plants. Different species bloom from late spring to fall; most for short periods. This is a true American native with hundreds of species, all of which originated in North America or Mexico. Most can be grown in Descanso gardens, with care to soil, watering. Some need special conditions, such as screes, sand beds or low-water regimes.
Locally, we have three species that bloom all over our road banks, open spaces and hillsides in late spring. You will find them along Boulder Creek Road as you drive toward Julian. They can all be grown in our gardens.
They are:
Scarlet Bugler (Penstemon centranthifolius),
Foothill Penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus) and
Showy Penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis).

SCARLET BUGLER (Penstemon centranthifolius).
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SHOWY PENSTEMON (Penstemon spectabilis ).
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PENSTEMON STRICTA (Not native to Descanso).
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PENSTEMON PALMERII (Not native to Descanso).
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BEARD TONGUE GARDEN HYBRIDS

Beard Tongue (Penstemon). There are many varieties and hybrids as well as many types and sizes. British and American gardeners have hybridized many showy varieties. Most hybrids bloom heavily in early summer with sporadic blooms through fall. There are several catalog sources for the named hybrids.

Hybrid plants found in local nurseries are easily at home in our Descanso gardens. They usually range from one to three feet. They do well in most soils, and are not as sensitive to conditions as the native species. Once established, they need little attention. Shown below is an unnamed hybrid and P. 'Blackbird'.

BEARD TONGUE.
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