Penstemon Prairie Dusk

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A beautiful vivid purple Beardtongue, the Prairie Dusk Penstemon (Penstemon 'Prairie Dusk') has gorgeous lance-shaped deep green leaves and tall wands of bright purple trumpet-shaped blooms! Penstemon, also called Beard-tongues or Beardtongue, are named because of the fuzzy texture of their stamens! These are tough, resilient native American herbaceous perennials.

Prairie Dusk is a breath of fresh air with its vivid purple flowers! The plants form low clumps of deep green foliage and shoot up flower spikes in early summer, much to the delight of every hummingbird and beneficial pollinator in your area! Your summer bouquets will become enhanced with the spires of purple, as will summer porch and patio planters gain a vertical growing thriller plant!

Developed in Nebraska, this tough hybrid selection was chosen for its easy demeanor and exceptional hardiness. Drought-tolerant and deer-resistant throughout USDA growing zones 3 through 8, these are also cold-hardy and so easy-care!

Planting and Application:

The flowers stand out in the garden and especially if planted with gold or pink flowers as companions. Try planting it with Coronation Gold Yarrow, Ornamental Grasses, or Blazing Star Kobold Gayfeather, and count the compliments that roll in! Compact and smaller-sized perennials that are fast-growing and xeric, Penstemons native roots make them perfect for Fire-wise landscaping and Rock gardens.

Penstemon flowers are splendid in perennial borders and also make great cut flowers. Create waving rows of purple wands around your mailbox or front berm, sure to catch the eye of the neighbors! You and your neighbors won't be the only ones attracted to these purple beauties either! Hummingbirds and butterflies can't stay away from them. Prairie Dusk will animate your garden in a way that few other flowers can!

  • Vivid Deep Violet-Purple Tubular Blooms
  • Gorgeous Glossy Green Foliage & Green Stems
  • Upright Mounded Herbaceous Perennial
  • Small-Sized Xeric & Very Easy-Care
  • Specimen, Xeric, Firewise, Beds & Borders & Container Plants

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Beardtongue are herbaceous perennials that perform best in full sun and in well-drained soil conditions. Preferring average soil types on the lean side and regular moisture access throughout their first year. However, once established, these are wonderfully drought-tolerant and xeric plants! Appreciating a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch over the roots, these are very cold tolerant but love the extra layer of insulation.

You can leave these seed heads as winter interest and attract songbirds, or deadhead them to tidy up the mounds in fall. Prune mounds down late fall after frost, and divide every few years to maintain the vigor of the crown.

  • Full Sun
  • Average to Low Fertility & Average to Low Moisture
  • Well-Drained Soil & Appreciates Mulch
  • Drought-Tolerant Once Established
  • Deer & Rabbit-Resistant

With gorgeous blooms and easy-breezy care, the Penstemon Prairie Dusk will be the new favorite perennial addition on the block! Don't wait until we're sold out of these. Order yours today at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Penstemon Prairie Dusk Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Penstemon 'Prairie Dusk'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 30 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Average to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn