Penstemon triflorus A. Heller
Hill Country Penstemon, Scarlet Penstemon, Heller's beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: petr2
Hellerís beardtongue or Hill Country penstemon is 1 1/2-2 ft. tall. Its brilliant red flowers, 2 in. long, are among the most showy of the genus. Pairs of dark-green leaves occur opposite eachother along the stem. The two-lipped flowers also occur in pairs.
Small bushy stature, intense red color, and largeness of flowers set this penstemon apart from others.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Pubescence: Puberulent
Leaf Margin: Dentate
Inflorescence: Panicle , Terminal
Size Notes: 1.5-2 feet.
Flower: Flower up to an inch wide. Sepals 5
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Native Distribution: Endemic to the Edwards Plateau in TX
Native Habitat: Limestone hills; open areas
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Limestone soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based
Conditions Comments: Hill Country penstemon is a striking prairie or garden plant, and is another fabulous cut flower. Provides nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds. Cut back the old seed stalks or allow them to reseed. Hybridizes with the closely related Penstemon cobaea. Small bushy stature, intense red color, and largeness of flowers set this Penstemon apart from others.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial garden, Blooms ornamental, Showy
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagation is by seed or cuttings.
Seed Collection: Collect seed mid-summer, making sure it has not had the opportunity to hybridize with P. cobea.
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Far South Wholesale Nursery - Austin, TX
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
Native Plant Society of Texas - Fredericksburg, TX
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
BibliographyBibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon triflorus in USDA Plants
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-04-15
Research By: TWC Staff