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PlantFiles: Beard Tongue, Border Penstemon
Penstemon 'Midnight'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Cultivar: Midnight
Additional cultivar information: (aka Midnight Blue, Russian River)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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

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Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Leehallfae On Jun 30, 2006, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

Beardtongue gets a bit heavy, and can benefit by being planted next to another shrub.

The ones I've grown have survived 20 F with no mulching or any other protection.

Looks good with annuals.

Positive hanna1 On Oct 20, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

quite a vigorous grower for me, it is an evergreen perennial. needs moderate summer water. the flowers are bluish-purple spring-fall, nice planted at eye level in elevated flower bed, as branching is heavy and tend to bend.


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

Castro Valley, California (2 reports)
Clayton, California
Dublin, California
Palm Springs, California
Richmond, California
Sacramento, California
San Jose, California
Wallkill, New York
Medina, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Aubrey, Texas
Joshua, Texas
Mabank, Texas
Anacortes, Washington
Freeland, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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