Penstemon Midnight Masquerade

Beardtongue
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Late Season Interest Too!
Trumpet-shaped violet to lavender-purple flowers shoot skyward on its upright, full habit. Darker dusky-purple foliage color is achieved in full sun and tends to be more olive green with less sun. Burgundy seed pods in fall are great fillers for flower arranging. The dried seed pods add late-season interest and supply food for your backyard birds during the fall and winter season too. Penstemon Midnight Masquerade draped in nectar-rich flowers are a magical delight to scores of hummingbirds and bees. Strong flower stems and longer, wide foliage blades hold flowers upright all season. Beardtongue is a versatile perennial that tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. With its prolific flowers, it was awarded Top Performer in 2020 by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Trial Gardens.

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Code PEMM
Patent PP29,603 'CPBR6262'
Plant Type Perennials
Species
Height Tall 36-40"
Spacing Plant 28-32" apart
Bloom Time Early Summer to Mid-Summer
Sun / Shade Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones
3-8
Soil Type Normal, Sandy
Water Needs Low
Sold In Plantable Pots

Special Features

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Long-Blooming

Planting Sites

  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • 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.