Foxglove Penstemon
Penstemon digitalis 'Mystica'

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

Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Bronze-Green

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

Pittsford, New York

Greensboro, North Carolina

Seadrift, Texas

Radford, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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.

Positive

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.