Penstemon Scarlet Queen Drought Tolerant Penstemon Garden Flower Seed

Penstemon Seeds - Scarlet Queen

Flower Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 8 - 10

Height: 30 inches

Bloom Season: Late spring through fall

Bloom Color: Scarlet

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Well-drained soils, pH 5.8 - 6.8

Deer Resistant: Yes

Latin Name: Penstemon hartwegii

Planting Directions

Temperature: 60 - 70F

Average Germ Time: 14 - 30 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Cover lightly, seed should be visible

Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 16 - 20 inches

Penstemon (Penstemon Hartwegii Scarlet Queen) - If you enjoy attracting beneficial insects to your xeriscape landscape, start Penstemon seeds and enjoy this long-blooming Scarlet Queen. Hummingbirds also will enjoy the brilliant scarlet tubular flowers with white throats. From June to September, this Scarlet Beardtongue, will reward you with non-stop blooming. Penstemon flower care includes deadheading the spent blooms to help promote the continued blooming. Also, during periods of no rainfall, deeply soak the roots of the plant every 2 - 3 weeks for best flowering; however, plants will survive long periods with no water as they are quite resitant to drought.

Scarlet Queen will tolerate and even thrive in poor soils where it is quite resistant to drought, but it is susceptible to disease when the soil does not drain well. For cool climates, position Scarlet Beard Tongue plants in full sun, but in the hotter climates some partial shade is good. In areas of frost free, mild winters, Beard Tongue will grow as a perennial and as an annual in other zones.

Growing Penstemon from flower seeds: These seeds do not need a cold treatment to improve germination as some species require. The Penstemon seed can be started indoors in starter trays or small pots in late winter. The flower seeds can be pressed into the soil but not covered. Keep the flower seeds moist. Before transplanting once frost have passed, harden off the seedlings for 10 days or more. At the time of transplanting, pinching back the plant will promote a bushier grow habit.

Beautiful Upright Flower

Scarlet queen penstemon is a striking plant to add to your garden: it rises high to display its rich scarlet color.

Beautiful Upright Flower

Striking Bi-Color Flowers

How To Grow

Scarlet queen seeds do not need a cold treatment before germination as some species may require. Start indoors in starter trays or small pots in the late winter. Sow 2-3 seeds per plant, and press seeds lightly into the soil, but do not cover: light is needed for germination. Make sure to keep seeds moist until germination. Seedlings can be transplanted outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. However, harden off the seedlings for 10 days or more before moving to their final location. When transplanting, pinch back the plant to promote bushier growth.

  • Environment: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained with pH 5.8-6.8
  • Plant spacing: 16-20 inches
Striking Bi-Color Flowers

Plant Information

Scarlet queen penstemon is an annual wildflower native to the western U.S. and Mexico. it grows in USDA zones 8-10: in frost-free, mild winters, it will grow as short-lived perennial.

  • Height: 30 inches
  • Bloom color: scarlet
  • Bloom season: late spring through fall
  • Average germ time: 14-30 days