Penstemon 'Raven' (Bird Series)

9cm pot £5.99
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Buy Penstemon 'Raven' (Bird Series) beard tongue: Dramatic, deep purple, foxglove-like flowers

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (will need winter protection in cold areas)

    Elegant spikes of small, tubular, foxglove-like flowers appear from July to October among lance-shaped, bright green leaves. This easy-to-grow perennial will quickly form large, leafy clumps and is perfect for adding a splash of colour to the middle of a sunny, well-drained border. If you deadhead regularly, the flowers will persist until the first frosts. The rich, deep purple flowers of this variety contrast particularly well with purples and acid greens.

  • Garden care: Remove the faded blooms regularly to prolong flowering. Apply a dry mulch around the base of the plant to protect the roots from frost damage and cut back in spring when new shoots appear low down on the stem. Lift and divide congested clumps in spring.

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Eventual height & spread

Beautiful penstemon, quite slow to grow & flower

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This penstemon did not grow as strongly as the Hidcote Pink Penstemon that I bought at the same time. It also had fewer flowers which came very late in the season. I haven't had it long enough to test its hardiness but I'm hoping it will be a stronger plant next year.

Bunzle

Buckinghamshire

Lovely plant

5

Had a bit of a slow start planted in March it had to flight for space but as the season progressed it was a lovely healthy plant still evergreen in January and lovely colour.

Deezey

Kent

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