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Penstemon fruticosus

Shrubby penstemon

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Features

  • BloomsMay to July
  • Height0.2m to 0.4m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.35m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPurple blue
  • Leaf ColourGlossy mid green

Description

Penstemon fruticosus (Shrubby penstemon). This species is a shrubby clump, growing to about 40cm with lance-shaped to elliptic leaves that are about 5cm. The flowers are pale purple to blue.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Sub-shrub

Origin

North and Central America.

Interest and use

Rock garden, cutting bed, border, flower arranging Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will thrive in fertile, well-drained soil with full sun. You can propagate by division in the spring or from seed in the spring or autumn.

Propagation

You can propagate by division in the spring or from seed in the spring or autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

May be damaged by slugs and snails and powdery mildew.

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