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Does penstemon like sun or shade?

Does penstemon like sun or shade?

Light preference: Full sun to part shade. Varieties with purple or reddish leaves will exhibit the best foliage color when grown in direct sunlight.

How long do penstemon plants last?

But few penstemons are very long-lived – three to five years is normal – so taking cuttings is always a good idea. Certainly it’s best not to cut back any penstemon when it’s finished flowering, however untidy it looks, as the top growth provides protection for the crown.

Where should I plant my penstemon?

To cut back or hard prune penstemon, cut off all the dead flower stalks to the base. The PennState Extension recommends cutting back the stems to roughly 2 inches above the soil using bypass shears. Don’t worry about angling or shaping the plant as you prune.

Is penstemon a perennial?

Penstemon plants are herbaceous perennials that feature lance-shaped foliage and spikes of tubular flowers.

Does penstemon multiply?

The growth habits of penstemons include low-growing ground covers with short flower spikes or small basal rosettes that produce tall, multiplying, floral spikes.

How tall do penstemon get?


genus name Penstemon
height 6 to 12 inches 1 to 3 feet 3 to 8 feet
width 8 to 20 inches
flower color Blue Purple Red Orange White Pink Yellow
foliage color Blue/Green Gray/Silver

Should penstemon be cut back?

Many penstemons are borderline hardy, but they generally survive British winters as long as some top growth is left largely intact. Once new growth reappears (in March or April) cut back hard to just above the new shoots. Pruning in spring prevents the penstemon becoming woody by encouraging a flush of summer growth.

Do penstemons flower in their first year?

One of the biggest improvements for penstemon is the capability to flower the first year. This means that many of the new penstemon not only look like annuals but behave like them as well.

How do you winterize a penstemon?

Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) – Prune down to basal foliage in fall. Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum) – Trim the stems to the basal foliage in the fall and simply clean up the remaining foliage in the spring. Yarrow (Achillea) – Prune down to basal foliage in fall.

Will penstemon grow in shade?

Grow penstemons in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or leaf mould, and feed weekly in summer. Penstemons are short-lived perennials that can suffer in winter.

Does Penstemon multiply?

How tall do Penstemon get?