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Penstemon ‘Purple Tiger’
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Penstemon

Beard Tongue

Among the most exuberantly blooming plants this side of the Mississippi, Penstemon is part of the enchantment of the West. A member of the Snapdragon family, even cultivated varieties retain a natural air, with dainty, long trumpet flowers and five (pent) prominent stamens.

Sturdy and easily grown, species vary from 1 to 5 ft. tall, and range in color from white to pink to purple to deep wine redone for every sunny spot. Trim after the first bloom to encourage a repeat flowering, and cut to the crown in winter for bushy growth next season.

Penstemon ‘Purple Tiger’ full sun

Introduced by Oregon’s Joy Creek Nursery, this robust Penstemon stands straight while delivering flared lavender-blue tubes decorated with white markings and rich purple striations. Similar in color to ‘Stapleford Gem’, but appearing deeper and more saturated, the arresting flowers crown wide, fine-toothed lusty leaves. Combine ‘Purple Tiger’, Aster ‘Lutetia’ and Achillea ‘Marmalade’ in the garden or a vase for a cheery slice of summer.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 7.

Penstemon ‘Purple Tiger’ (P-1534)
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