Penstemon 'Red Ace'

Penstemon 'Red Ace'

Penstemon

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Penstemon 'Red Ace'
  • Common name: Penstemon
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 60cm

Spread: 45cm

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Penstemons produce foxglove-like flowers, which look fantastic in informal and cottage garden schemes, and are extremely attractive to bumblebees. 

They thrive in full sun to partial shade, in moist but well-drained soil. Many varieties of penstemon are hardy in all but the harshest winters, but do move plants under cover or take summer cuttings to ensure they make it through winter.

Penstemon 'Red Ace' bears deep red blooms from midsummer until the first frosts, attracting a wealth of beneficial insects. For best results grow in full sun to partial shade in moist but well-drained soil. Plants may need protection in colder regions. Apply a thick mulch of well-rotted manure or compost in autumn to protect the roots. Plants can be propagated by seed but they won't come true. For better results, divide Penstemon 'Red Ace' in spring.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Needs regular watering in pots
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Take cuttings
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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