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Penstemon 'Peppermint Candy' - Border Penstemon

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: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Mixed
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: (Penstemon cobaea x P. hartwegii)
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 'Peppermint Candy' (Beard Tongue) - A very attractive robust cultivar with large flowers that are white in the throat with strong pink tips to the petals. It is an evergreen perennial or sub-shrub to 3 feet tall with with 3 " lance-shaped medium green leaves that lack any dentations on the margins. This plant was shipped to us from an overseas nursery as the cultivar 'Appleblossom' but differs from this plant in having larger foliage and flowers. To keep it separate we are calling this plant 'Peppermint Candy' because of its nice pink and white bicolored flowers. As with other Penstemon, the flowers will 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, Border Penstemons 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.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Penstemon 'Peppermint Candy'.