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Penstemon digitalis 'TNPENDB' PP #30,569

Glossy, purple-black foliage combines with masses of tubular, lavender-violet flowers, bringing dramatic color and contrast to mixed beds, borders, hillsides, meadows, and naturalized gardens. Hardy, heat, and humidity tolerant, with an upright, compact habit, perfect for a sunny, easy-care landscape. An herbaceous perennial.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationpen-STEE-mon dij-i-TA-lis
Average Size at MaturityReaches 12 in. tall, 18 in. wide; bloom spikes to 24 in. tall.
Bloom TimeMid to Late Summer
Design IdeasThis hardy, perennial penstemon will grow beautifully in almost any garden. More compact than 'Dark Tower' or 'Mystica', this variety makes a stunning accent in smaller spaces and is perfect for massing in larger gardens. The showy flower spikes stand up boldly in the perennial border and are essential in cottage and cutting gardens. It is equally at home in wild gardens, at the edges of meadows and prairies. Showy foxglove-like flowers are a mecca for hummingbirds.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Foliage ColorBlack
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded, Upright
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureAttracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsBlanket Flower (Gaillardia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis); Spruce (Picea)

Thrives in average to humus-rich, well-drained soils. Best foliage color in full sun. Prefers dry to moderate moisture; avoid wet, poorly-drained sites. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

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