Penstemon whippleanus ‘Chocolate Drop’
A real eye catcher perennial with dark purple to nearly black flowers and a throat with indefinite cream pinstripes. Penstemon whippleanus ‘Chocolate Drop’ is a charmer that’s makes a statement with every bloom. The very occasional white flower will appear but worth keeping in itself.
Showy and low maintenance
This choice plant is a late flowering species, with each lot of flowers arranged in a ring around the stem, pointing in all directions, but all slightly drooping downwards. A hardy performer that is very easy to grow. The only task could possibly be to trim off spent flower stems if you wish, but these usually just disappear away themselves.
It is not particularly plagued by any pests or diseases.
Hardy no fuss in poor sites
Penstemon whippleanus ‘Chocolate Drop’ is very suitable for a range of garden conditions, as it enjoys arid soils and shrugs off windy sites.
Similarly it thrives in gardens with sandy, rocky, gravel or poor soil.
Growing: Penstemon whippleanus ‘Chocolate Drop’
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 40cm approx.
– Position: Will tolerate Partial Shade but will grow better in a Full Sun position and will flower more profusely.
– Soil: Prefers a Well Drained soil although it will tolerate a range of soil conditions.
– Fragrance: None but the showy blooms make up for that.
– Frost: Hardy
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial
– Attracts: Birds, bees and other benificial pollinators.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Known to be a good deer and rabbit resistant plant as these nibbling pests don’t find Penstemon very interesting, because of its hairy texture.
– Origin: In 1853; Penstemon whippleanus was collected by John Bigelow in the Sandia Mountains (near present-day Albuquerque, New Mexico). It was named in 1862 by Asa Gray (considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century).