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Penstemon 'Blackbird'

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Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Cultivar: Blackbird

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Category:
Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Blue-Violet
Purple

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Smooth-Textured

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:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive BajaBlue On Jul 15, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Slender dark burgundy flowers bloom all summer on reddish stems. A knockout for the sunny border. Hummingbirds love the masses of small red tubular flowers that have a long bloom time in summer.

Long-lived, easy, no-fuss plant.

Zone: 7-9
Height: 3-6'

Positive jamie68 On Sep 20, 2006, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

A very lovely dark penstemon, and one that mixes well with many other plants due to its color......a gorgeous dark burgundy/maroon/purple. The white markings in the throat really stand out on this one!

Regional...

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

Redwood City, California
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington



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