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Penstemon ‘Firebird’

Beard tongue

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height1m
  • Spread0.5m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourRed, white
  • Leaf ColourDark green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Penstemon ‘Firebird’ (Beard tongue). This penstemon is also known as Penstemon 'Schoenholzeri' and has narrow leaves and panicles of tubular bell-shaped crimson flowers, the throats of which are striped red on white.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Semi-evergreen, Shrub

Origin

North America and East Asia

Interest and use

Grown for its pretty flowers, which attract bees.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow in full sun, in a sheltered position and protect from winter wet with an autumn mulch of organic matter.

Propagation

You can propagate by seed in autumn or spring or by softwood or semi-ripe cuttings of non-flowering shoots in mid-summer. Propagate cultivars by cuttings.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs, snails, chrysanthemum eelworms and downy mildew. Plants decline and need replacing every 3-5 years.

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