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Cha Cha™ Purple Beard Tongue

Penstemon 'Cha Cha Purple'

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Cha Cha Purple Beard Tongue (Penstemon 'Cha Cha Purple') at Valley View Farms

Cha Cha™ Purple Beard Tongue flowers

Cha Cha™ Purple Beard Tongue flowers

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Cha Cha Purple Beard Tongue (Penstemon 'Cha Cha Purple') at Valley View Farms

Cha Cha™ Purple Beard Tongue in bloom

Cha Cha™ Purple Beard Tongue in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  25 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  Beardtongue

Brand:  Terra Nova Nurseries


A vigorous selection, presenting vivid wine-purple flowers with striped white throats; upright, bushy habit with dark green foliage to contrast the blooms; great for border fronts and along walkways; remove spent stems to encourage repeat blooming

Ornamental Features

Cha Cha™ Purple Beard Tongue has masses of beautiful spikes of purple tubular flowers with fuchsia overtones, white throats and a steel blue blotch rising above the foliage from early summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Cha Cha™ Purple Beard Tongue is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cha Cha™ Purple Beard Tongue is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Cha Cha™ Purple Beard Tongue will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. This plant does not require much in the way of fertilizing once established. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Cha Cha™ Purple Beard Tongue is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
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