Penstemon, Beard Tongue
Penstemon 'Phoenix Violet'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Cultivar: Phoenix Violet
Additional cultivar information:(PP17933, aka Pheni Vio)
Hybridized by Jandrew
Registered or introduced: 2007

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

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:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

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

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

Regional

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

Boulder Creek, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Spokane, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Oct 8, 2011, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I bought this in the early spring at a local nursery and it did well until our hot summer days. Even though I had it in a shady spot and gave it plenty of water it died. I did get it to flower a second time after cutting back the first set of flowers it had when I bought it. I think our weather is just too hot for it. I will not bother with it again despite the beautiful flowers it had for a couple months. Too short of lifespan in Central FL.