Description

Penstemon ‘Ruby’

RUBY BEARDTONGUE

Ruby red trumpets on 75cm stems. Blooms from mid-spring, through summer and autumn. Hardy evergreen clump. Plant in Full Sun, Part Shade / Dappled Sun. Frost hardy. Proved unexpectedly drought resistant in our recent long dry, flowering happily on infrequent watering. Water-wise plant. Not fussy about soil, preferring a range between  acidic to slightly alkaline

Growing:

– Height with flowers: 75cm. approx.
– Width: 45cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun to Part Shade.
– Soil: Well drained soil. Will not tolerate wet soils over winter. Actually do and flower better in soils that are not too rich. Tolerant of poorer, gravel and sandy soils. 
– Fragrance:
  None
– Frost:
Very hardy to at least -10C and below.
– Growth:
Evergreen perennial.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Native honey-eating birds, bees, butterflies and other useful pollinators, revel in collecting nectar and pollen from the trumpet flowers.
– Care: Easy care & low maintenance. Prune older stems that have finished flowering hard, at the end of winter, to encourage fresh, repeat flowering new stems to come from the base.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Usually not first choice for these pests.
– Origin: Native to North America, where they grow in a range of habitats, but often in prairie environments.
Traditional uses: The North American Indians knew a thing or two about Penstemons, as Penstemons were such common plants in their natural world. First nations peoples used them in daily life. The woody roots were used as a cure for toothache, for pain relief, and treatment to stop bleeding. While blue flowered varieties were used for making blue dye for painting moccasins and leather clothing.


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