Common name: Beardtongues
Penstemon are a large genus of flowering plants -about 280 species – mostly native to North America. Flowers are tube shaped. The distinctive feature of the genus is the prominent staminode, an infertile stamen. The staminode is typically a long straight filament extending to the mouth of the corolla, in some these are very hairy, inspiring the common name of “Beardtongue”
Most Penstemon form a durable woody stem with persistent basal leaves, some are full deciduous perennials, others are shrubs or sub-shrubs. Heights can range from 10 cm to as much as 3 meters.
Penstemon ‘Alice Hindley’ is an upright clump forming semi-evergreen perennial growing up to 80 – 100 cm during the summer and flowering for months. Light pruning as flowers finish will encourage more flowers. Flowers are lavender / mauve with a white throat. Plants are hardy in full sun and will handle most soil types except very wet and cold. Flowers are rich in nectar and pollen and great for attracting bees, and butterflies.
- Ht: 80 – 100 cm
- Sun to light shade
- Most soil types
- Dry tolerant
- 1.25 litre pot