Delfts Blue Riding Hood Penstemon

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‘Delfts Blue Riding Hood’ Penstemon is a native beauty that will light up the summer garden with trumpet-shaped clear blue-violet flowers. Blooming all summer long, masses of flowers on tall, upright stems offer jewel-tone color to a perennial garden or cut flower arrangement. The pure blue blooms are pollinator magnets – there’s nothing better than seeing a bumblebee in a penstemon flower! (Penstemon schmidel)
Zones 5 - 8
Bee Friendly
Attract Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Easy To Grow
Good For Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 18-24" tall , 18-24" wide
Bloom TimeEarly to late summer
Item Package SizePlant - 3" Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
Blooming from early to late summer, ‘Delfts Blue Riding Hood’ Penstemon has masses of flower-laden stems that arise from a low clump of glossy green foliage. The upright habit makes this perennial a great addition to a garden bed, perennial border, or rock garden. Plant it in a sunny spot in average soil, no need to fertilize and water to establish. Once established, this is a low-care, drought-tolerant perennial. As the flowers mature, they will create seed heads. Leave standing for winter interest and to feed the birds and cut back in late winter. In cold areas add a layer of mulch over the roots for protection. At 24-30” tall, consider planting it with Echinacea, Agastache, Lavender, Yarrow, and other Penstemon. PP#23065
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Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Delfts Blue Riding Hood Beardtongue PP#23065
Botanical Name
Penstemon schmidel Delfts Blue Riding Hood PP#23065
5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
18-24" tall
Mature Spread
18-24" wide
Bloom Time
Early to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Native, Easy To Grow, Good For Cut Flowers
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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