Hill Country Penstemon

Penstemon triflorus

Hill Country Penstemon; Scarlet Beardtongue, Hill Country Beardtongue; Heller's Beardtongue

About This Plant

Sun. A perennial Texas penstemon, growing 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall with paired leaves and two-lipped flowers, also in pairs. In habit it’s a very small thin plant, but when in bloom (in spring) penstemon is spectacular. It’s long-lived in the native garden, and makes a great cut flower as well. Penstemon are endemic to North America, though mostly in cooler latitudes. This is considered one of the genus’ most beautiful species.

Origins: Edwards Plateau


Propagate via cuttings or seed. Allow it to re-seed before cutting old stalks.

Showy flowers give penstemon an outsize stature for such a small shrublet.

Min. Height: 1'

Max Height: 2 feet'

Min. Width: 1'

Max Width: 2 feet'

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