Thursday, 27 March 2014

PENSTEMON

Penstemon is a genus of plants found mainly in the Americas from Alaska to Guatemala, the 250 species of perennials and subshrubs in this genus range from tiny carpeting plants to rapid growers that can exceed 1.2 m tall. They have recently been reclassified and from the Scrophulariaceae family, they are now in the Plantaginaceae family.

In recent years many new garden varieties have become available, generally with increased hardiness and increased flower production. In favourable conditions, these are reliable plants, suitable for border planting, rock gardens, woodland gardens, and "wild" gardens. The pretty flowers resemble those of the foxgloves (Digitalis), and, indeed, they belong to the related family Scrophulariaceae. Native Americans used several species, primarily for their analgesic and styptic properties but also to control stomach disorders.

Penstemon 'Tubular Bells - Wine Red' is a robust plant with strong upright stems that hold striking deep red flowers with a soft white throat. This flamboyant penstemon really makes its presence felt in any cottage garden theme. Tubular Bells Wine Red will flower from June to September (Northern Hemisphere) and December to April (Southern Hemisphere), and is best planted in full sun or partial shade. Height: 40cm.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

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