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Penstemon x mexicali ‘Sunburst Amethyst’
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Penstemon

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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.

Penstemon x mexicali ‘Sunburst Amethyst’ full sun

Beckoning gardeners, butterflies and hummingbirds, deep pinkish violet blossoms with magenta-streaked white throats unfurl nonstop through autumn. The abundant tubular-shaped blooms populate prismatic upright spires bolstered by a lustrous compact footing of slender pointed green leaves. Ideal for cut arrangements and colder regions, ‘Sunburst Amethyst’ requires minimal care, endures dry conditions and works well in the rockery, a favored container or near a border’s front lines.

Blooms late July-October

Size: 20" high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Penstemon x mexicali ‘Sunburst Amethyst’ (P-1852)
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