Foxglove Penstemon 'Mystica'

Penstemon digitalis

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Mystica



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Itasca, Illinois

New Orleans, Louisiana

Bay City, Michigan

Pequannock, New Jersey

Clifton Park, New York

Greene, New York

Pittsford, New York

Greensboro, North Carolina

Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania

Seadrift, Texas

Radford, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 19, 2015, Safford from Lake Ariel, PA wrote:

I have Mystica that has reseeded BUT there has NEVER been any flowering. Any insights? Thank you.


On May 25, 2015, CrowMeris from Greene, NY wrote:

Very nice. I like it even more than my beloved 'Husker's Red'. I have it planted in front of some yarrow ('Terra Cotta') and the contrast between the ferny foliage of the yarrow and the bronze-purple of the penstemon is striking.


On Apr 23, 2015, Debsroots from Northwest, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of my favorite penstemons. Large blooms that look beautiful even at a distance. The foilage is also fabulous.


On Jul 7, 2010, Rat_Wrangler from Bay City, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Nice plant. The leaves are a dark purply-green, and it produces bigger clusters of flowers than my Husker Red. So far it has only bloomed once, but this is its first year in my garden so I'm hoping it will bloom again before the season is over.