Penstemon 'Yaput' LILLIPUT ROSE

Common Name: beardtongue 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Plantaginaceae
Zone: 7 to 10
Height: 0.75 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to August
Bloom Description: Rose pink with pink striped white throats
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer


Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Plants have some tolerance for drought, summer heat and humidity. Avoid wet, poorly-drained soils. Remove spent flowering racemes to prolong bloom. Plants may be cut back to basal foliage after flowering to improve appearance of the planting. Plants in cold winter climates often benefit from a loose winter mulch.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Penstemon is a genus of about 250 species of herbaceous perennials and sub-shrubs which are primarily native to the continental U.S., Canada, Mexico and Guatemala in a variety of habitats ranging from desert to plains to alpine slopes. A large number of hybrids have been developed over the years, but most are of unclear parentage.

The genus name Penstemon likely comes from the Latin paene meaning "almost" or "nearly" and the Greek stemon meaning "stamen". The name may also comes from the Greek penta meaning "five" and stemon meaning "stamen". Both refer to the fifth, sterile stamen (staminode) that characterizes members of this genus.

Penstemons are sometimes commonly called beardtongues because the sterile stamen (staminode) can be hairy.

LILLIPUT ROSE is a compact, upright penstemon or beard tongue that features fragrant tubular dark pink flowers with pink-striped white throats and lanceolate dark glossy green leaves. Plants typically grow to 10-14” tall. This plant is the result of a cross between unnamed plants of Penstemon kunthii. Loose terminal racemes of two-lipped, tubular, rose pink flowers (to 2” long) atop erect, rigid stems bloom from late spring well into summer (sometimes to frost). Clasping, narrow, lance-shaped to linear, willow-like, stem leaves (2-6” long) are medium green. Where winter hardy, oblong to ovate basal foliage retains some green color over winter. U.S. Plant Patent PP16,773 was issued on July 4, 2006.


Root rot can occur in wet, poorly-drained soils. Leaf spots, rusts, powdery mildew and Southern blight may also occur. Slugs and snails may chew on the foliage. Watch for spider mites. Deer tend to avoid this plant.


Where winter hardy, grown in sunny areas of beds, borders or rock gardens. In St. Louis, plants are best grown in beds or containers as if they were annuals.