Beard-Tongue 'Carillo Red'

Penstemon x mexicale Carillo Red

Photo: Beard-Tongue 'Carillo Red'

General description

Penstemon are an American native with colorful tubular bell-shaped flowers. Will attract butterflies and hummingbirds and does well in a drier climate. Drought resistant once established. Waxy green foliage stays lush through summer's heat. Avoid too moist (wet feet). Songbirds feast on the seed in fall and winter. - See more at:

Plant requirements

Type: Perennials Height: 8-10" Width 10" (Plant 12-16" apart) Bloom Time: Early Summer to Late Summer 
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny 
Zones: 5-9   Find Your Zone Soil Condition: Normal 
Flower / Accent: Red / Red 
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep    - See more at:


Pinching back taller varieties when about 12" will produce more compact plants. Can be divided every 3-4 years in spring by digging mature rhizomes and replanting. Will self sow. To promote reblooming, shear off spent blooms. Cut back to the ground at season-end. May benefit from loose winter mulch in colder zones. - See more at:

Practical use

Good for Cut Flowers
Deer Resistant
Hot Dry Site Tolerant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
For a Sunny Spot
Blooms for 4 Weeks or More
OK in Containers
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8 - 10 cm
Full sun