• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage quickly reaches 30 in. tall and wide; 36 in. tall in bloom.
    Key Feature:
    Colorful Flowers and Foliage
    Blooms:
    Mid to Late Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pen-STEE-mon dij-i-TA-lis
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Foliage quickly reaches 30 in. tall and wide; 36 in. tall in bloom.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Mid to Late Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsBlanket Flower (Gaillardia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis); Spruce (Picea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average to humus-rich, well-drained soils. Site in full sun for best foliage color. Prefers dry to moderate moisture; avoid wet, poorly-drained sites. Remove spent flowers to prolong blooming. Cut back to the ground at the end of the season. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This penstemon cultivar originated as part of planned breeding program at the University of Nebraska to improve Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'. It is a hybrid of Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' x Penstemon 'Prairie Splendor' (Penstemon cobaea x Penstemon triflorus). Determined to be a new and distinct Penstemon plant characterized by an upright, dense habit with very dark foliage and flowers of light purple shades, with excellent vigor, U.S. Plant Patent #20,013 was issued in May, 2009.