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Penstemon 'Garnet'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Cultivar: Garnet
Additional cultivar information: (aka Andenken an Friedrich Hahn)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
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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1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive saya On Jul 19, 2007, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993. Bushy semi-evergreen perennial to 90cm tall, with narrow, dark green foliage and erect racemes of tubular bell-shaped. The deep wine-red flowers are 3 cm long and are marked white in the throat. It should be quite hardy in my region if it is planted on a sunny well-drained spot. Survived our relative harsh winter with temps -20C for several weeks. Has stayed wintergreen also.

Neutral Joy On Oct 9, 2001, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This hybrid Penstemon blooms early summer to frost if deadheaded.


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

Knights Landing, California
Palm Springs, California
San Leandro, California
Hebron, Kentucky
Chimacum, Washington
Kalama, Washington

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