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Products > Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink'
 
Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink' - Beard Tongue

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figworts)
Origin: North America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink' (Beard Tongue) - A very attractive cultivar known for its heavy production of salmon-pink flowers that are a bit narrower than other Penstemon hybrid flowers. It is an evergreen perennial or sub-shrub to 2 feet tall with stems clothed with 3 inch long medium green leaves that lack any dentations on the margins and are broader than other Penstemon hybrids. The 1 inch long by 3/4 of an inch wide, on lower lip, flowers are pink with a hint of salmon and have a pale pink to white throat that is heavily striated with rose red. An abundant number of flowers, to 8 in a branch are held in dense branched terminal inflorescences (cyme) that appear in a succession of flowering peaks from late spring until fall and often appear year-round in coastal gardens. The flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies into the garden. Plant in full sun along the coast and provide some light shade inland. Tolerates and even thrives in poor soils and alkaline conditions but requires relatively good drainage. Can survive very dry conditions in cooler coastal gardens but looks better with occasional irrigation and requires it in hotter locations. Pinch plants after the first bloom to promote a quick re-bloom and cut back hard in winter to encourage a new flush of dense growth in spring. While extremely showy, all Border Penstemon are notably short lived and for plantings to look best, they should be replanted every 3-5 years. Hardy to below 15 F and even much lower if soil is not moist. The Bedding or Border Penstemons are now considered to have a complex parentage involving Penstemon cobaea, P. hartwegii, P. campanulata, P. gentianoides and P. isophyllus. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink'.
 
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