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PlantFiles: 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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2007

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for cutting
Provides winter interest

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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Negative sunkissed 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.


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

Boulder Creek, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Spokane, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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