Penstemon Ex. 'Alice Hindley' AGM
Penstemon (Beardtongue) 'Alice Hindley'
Type/Hardiness Semi-evergreen, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period July-October
Height 24in/60cm
Light preference Sun, light shade
Soil preference Light, fertile, free-draining
Sowing time/depth Spring,
Lilac spikes of flowers reminiscent of foxgloves rise above strong stems clothed in bright green lance-shaped foliage. Seeds offered are unlikely to come true but may well produce some interesting results... in any case, all the penstemons are lovely.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow under glass in Spring, on the surface of good quality compost, barely covering with sieved compost or fine vermiculite, at 15-20C (59-68F) in a propagator or sealed plastic bag. Germination can be erratic, taking from 1-4 months and is aided by light. Keep damp but not waterlogged. Transplant when seedlings are large enough and plant out when all danger of frost is past. Young plants are best kept in pots in the nursery area over winter and planted out in the spring. Cut back by half after summer flowering to encourage fresh blooms in autumn, but do not cut again until early spring, when new shoots appear at the base, as retaining the stems helps to protect the roots from frost and ice. However, their worst enemy is wet, so it is important to site penstemons in free-draining soil, where they are more likely to survive wet winter conditions.
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