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  • beard tongue
  • Eventual height: 0.55m
  • Eventual spread: 0.45m

Penstemon 'Arabesque Red'

beard tongue

Perfect for pollinators
9cm pot £5.99
9cm pot £5.99
3 × 9cm pots £20.97 £15.00

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to October
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (will need winter protection in cold areas)

    Bees and other pollinating insects will seek out the large and showy flowers of this easy to grow perennial. The blooms can appear as early as June, and once it gets going, it usually won't stop until well into autumn, so it really does put on a dazzling - and prolonged display.

  • Garden care: Remove the faded blooms regularly to prolong flowering. Apply a dry mulch around the base of the plant to protect the roots from frost damage and cut back in spring when new shoots appear low down on the stem. Lift and divide congested clumps in spring.