Red Riding Hood Penstemon

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You've seen those fairy-tale movies where the Princess sings a lovely song and all of the forest birds and animals come running to her to enjoy the song? Well, Nature Hills can't make that happen to you, but we might come close! Red Riding Hood Penstemon (Penstemon schmidel 'Red Riding Hood') is the stuff of fairy tales!

This lovely perennial comes back every year to bring beautiful, lipstick-red, tubular flowers to your garden like a magic spell. Along with those gorgeous flowers will come hordes of Hummingbirds eager to sip the abundant nectar. So, if you stand in the garden and sing a song it will certainly seem like the forest birds are coming to listen to you!

Red Riding Hood flowers are born clustered on long wand-like stems that wave in the breeze like royal flags, and just keep coming all summer into the fall. The foliage is green and upright which gives great space-saving texture to garden borders and beds.

Very heat and cold-tolerant throughout USDA growing zones 5 through 9, Beardtongue are deer and rabbit-resistant, plants that thrive in poorer soils and in sharp drainage locations. These Xeric, low water-usage herbaceous perennials are also fantastic Firewise landscaping plants too!

Planting and Application:

These drought-tolerant plants only need occasional watering once they are established and are great in Rock Gardens and urban Prairies and Meadows. Red Riding Hood is also a prime addition to Cutting gardens and perennial containers. For a truly stunning look, pair Red Riding Hood with Pink Muhly Grasses in big drifts.

Any garden becomes a pollinator garden with these vibrant red blooms! Pairing well with pinks, white, yellow, and orange, create either a formal monochromatic planting or patchwork quilt wildflower garden depending on how you want your landscape to look! Even when not in bloom, the green mounds create wonderful edging and low definition among sunny borders and garden beds.

Even if you don't have much space in your landscape, Beardtongue is also a fantastic container thriller and accent plant! Pair with spillers and fillers for wonderful seating area décor, a welcome front door planter, or add height in tall urns for formal accents on any sunny balcony, porch or patio!

  • Stunning, Ruby Red Flowers
  • Upright Growing Mounds Of Green Foliage
  • Major Pollinator & Hummingbird Favorite
  • Very Easy Care Perennial
  • Specimens, Focal Points, Vertical Interest & Containers

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Penstemon does it's very best in full sun for the strongest stems and the most blooms. Plant in very well-drained soil that's not overly enriched and avoid excess fertilizer. Prune back mounds in the fall after frost has killed back the leafy stems and tops. Mulch around their crowns with 3-4 inches of arborist bark chips, and to maintain vigor, it's recommended to divide the mounds every few years.

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

Don't keep wishing for dreams to come true. Order Red Riding Hood Penstemon from us today and live the fairy tale! You can find this and many more modern wildflowers today at!

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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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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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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Red Riding Hood Penstemon Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Penstemon schmidel 'Red Riding Hood'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 24 - 30 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Average to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn