Penstemon digitalis Dakota™ Burgundy


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Plant Code: PEBR

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Spires of tubular flowers – what better way to attract hummingbirds. Lavender-violet bells are suspended above glossy, purple-black foliage. Tough and long-lived, these rugged beauties prefer well-drained sandy to rocky soils. Suitable for xeriscaping once established. Foliage emerges waxy green transforming to deep purple. Deepest foliage color is obtained in full sun. The foliage of Penstemon Dakota Burgundy is more compact at only 12-14” with the flowers rising to approximately 2 feet. Showy dark seed heads after flowering adds late-season interest and supplies food for birds during fall and winter. Seed pods are also pleasing fillers for cut flower arrangements. Beardtongue are a cinch to grow – no pampering needed.


Type: Perennials
Height: Medium 24"
Spacing: Plant 18" apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 3-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy
Flower: Lavender/Silver
Accent: Pink
Patent: PP30,569 'TNPENDB'
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Long-Blooming
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant

Penstemon General Information

Penstemon are an American native with colorful tubular bell-shaped flowers. Will attract butterflies and hummingbirds and does well in a drier climate. Drought resistant once established. Waxy green foliage stays lush through summer's heat. Avoid too moist (wet feet). Songbirds feast on the seed in fall and winter. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Penstemon Plant Care

Best in loose, gravelly soil with good drainage. Pinching back taller varieties when about 12" tall will produce more compact plants. Can be divided every 3-4 years in spring by digging mature rhizomes and replanting. Will self sow. Foliage can be trimmed after blooming to freshen. Clean up in fall or spring. May benefit from dry winter mulch in colder zones.