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Penstemon 'Alice Hindley'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Cultivar: Alice Hindley
Hybridized by Forbes
Registered or introduced: 1931
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Deciduous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 20, 2007, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1993

P. 'Alice Hindley' is a large-leaved perennial Penstemon which bears pale lilac-blue flowers with a white inside and tinged mauve-pink outside. It needs a fertile, well drained soil in full sun or partial shade, though it will flower at its best when in full sun. Hardiness: Hardy in some regions; needs frost-free protection in winter.
'Alice Hindley' is one of the oldest hybrids in cultivation today. It was introduced in 1931 by the Scottish firm, John Forbes of Hawick, which from 1870 until its demise in 1968 was the largest Penstemon grower in the world. In 1900 the Forbes nursery offered 550 different penstemons.