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Penstemon ‘Louise Wilson’

Beard Tongue

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height1m
  • Spread0.6m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Penstemon ‘Louise Wilson’ (Beard Tongue). This penstemon has trumpet-shaped, white flowers (tinged very slightly with pale pink) with brown stamens.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Semi-evergreen, Shrub

Origin

North America and East Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their elegant flowers, which attract bees. Plants naturally decline and need replacing every 3-5 years.

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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 a sunny, sheltered position. Protect from winter wet with a autumn mulch of well-rotted organic material.

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.

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