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Penstemon ‘Elizabeth Cozzens’’
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Penstemon  Elizabeth Cozzens’

Penstemon

Beard Tongue

Among the most exuberantly blooming plants this side of the Mississippi, Penstemon is part of the enchantment of the West. A member of the Snapdragon family, even cultivated varieties retain a natural air, with dainty, long trumpet flowers and five (pent) prominent stamens.

Sturdy and easily grown, species vary from 1 to 5 ft. tall, and range in color from white to pink to purple to deep wine redone for every sunny spot. Trim after the first bloom to encourage a repeat flowering, and cut to the crown in winter for bushy growth next season.

Penstemon ‘Elizabeth Cozzens’’ full sun

‘Elizabeth Cozzens’s fetching display begins with a slew of porcelain-colored buds crowding tall spires. Taking on lavender shades just before they open, the dainty lilac-pink blooms reveal feisty, dark fuchsia-streaked white interiors above tapered, glossy grass-green leaves. Its easy-to-blend pastel flowers look lovely midborder alongside Salvia ‘Caradonna’.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 2' 0"–2-1/2' high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.

Penstemon ‘Elizabeth Cozzens’’ (P-1535)
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