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Perennes Comunes

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Penstemon
Penstemon barbatus


Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
2 - 3 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
2 - 8 
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Foliage Color
Green
Purple
 
Bloom Color
Lavender
Pink
White
 
Bloom Season
June - August
 
Size
Medium
 

Features

Loosely formed spikes of flowers above a mounded plant with glossy foliage.

Culture

Moist well-drained soil in a full sun to light shade location

Cultivars

'Rondo' 12-18 inches tall, pink flowers

'Elfin Pink' 12 inches tall, bright pink flowers

'Husker Red' 2-3 feet tall, white flowers burgundy stems and leaves

'Coccineum' 15-18 inches tall, scarlet flowers

'Prairie Dusk' 2-3 feet tall, rose purple flowers

Notes

Must have very well-drained soil for it to be a long lived perennial. Requires frequent division. May require a winter mulch.