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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.
'Gilchrist's bright rosy pink trumpets burst forth in
abundance, numbering some 18 to 25 per stem. Soft
pink lips plus light nearly white throats with winetinted
striations distinguish the splendid long blooming
somewhat diminutive flowers, while a glossy finish
energizes the compact shapely foundation of trim
narrow green leaves. For a winning summer-fest, this
undemanding floriferous Penstemon can accompany
Salvia 'Twilight Serenade' and Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh'.
Size: 2' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 7.
Penstemon ‘Gilchrist’ (P-1811)
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