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'Midnight Masquerade' Beardtongue Penstemon hybrid

Exposure
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
3' 3'
Height
3' - 3'
Spread
2' - 3'
  • Details

    Features

    The perfect landscape perennial! Deep burgundy purple leaves look attractive all season long and form a tall, full and refined habit. Rich lavender purple flowers with pure white interiors top the foliage on dark stems.

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    Foliage Interest
    Drought Tolerant
    Salt Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Bees
    Hummingbirds
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Perennial
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 40 Inches
    Spacing: 
    28 - 32 Inches
    Spread: 
    28 - 32 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Flower Shade: 
    Lavender purple with white interiors
    Foliage Colors: 
    Purple
    Foliage Shade: 
    Deep eggplant purple
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Neutral Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Cut Flower
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Maintenance Notes: 

    This easy-to-grow perennial performs best in full sun and dry to average, well-drained soil. Mulch lightly in winter.

    'Midnight Masquerade' Penstemon hybrid USPP 29,603, Can 6,262
  • 6 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I bought this plant at a garden center last year and it was beautiful. It came back this year in all its glory and I loved it so much, I ordered it from proven winners. Unfortunately, my experience with directly buying from Proven Winners was terrible. First the plants were late being sent and when they arrived they were so small. I paid $16.99 ea ( I bought three) plus $21 shipping. They arrived with the stem cut short and the plant no bigger than 8" high. So disappointed. If I had waited just a little longer, I could have gotten three large and fully developed plants from a big box store for $16.99 each and saved the shipping fee. I thought ordering it direct would have been better, but I was sorely disappointed. I will not order anything direct again.

      Monica Vitale
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 12 weeks ago
    • This plant has been gorgeous this spring/early summer! I planted six last spring, not quite knowing what to expect; they far beat my expectations! They survived two torrential rainstorms last week, one of them dumping 1.5" in less than 1 hour. They are still standing tall and beautiful. All 6 weathered the frigid winter with significant snow accumulation in West Michigan. Several neighbors and friends have stopped to comment on their beauty and ask what they are. I added three more to my collection yesterday and will most likely add more. They look brilliant behind Appletini Heuchera and in front go Lemony Lace Elderberry!

      Catherine Pyper
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 15 weeks ago
    • Four plants were put in August of last year. They over-wintered beautifully with the foliage showing off during the rainy, but not terribly cold winter months. In the Spring, the plants came to life, grew and produced beautiful foliage and flowers. Unfortunately, here it is July and the stems are flopping over so the center of the plant is exposed. They're still flowering and look healthy, but the plants just look -- odd. They get about six hours of sun each day and they're watered through a drip system several times a week so I'm not sure if it's too much water or not enough sun (even though we've had very warm days we do have coastal morning fog at times)..

      Jan
      , California
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I bought this plant last summer in a medium size can after months of admiring it garden answer videos. It put on a small show but I mostly enjoyed it for its foliage. Considering that I planted it during a high heat period, with very little rain it held its own; but the bed that its in is full of white-petaled penstemon that were here when I moved in, so I was confident of the conditions. This spring I was delighted to see much larger clump than I planted emerge from its winter slumber. The wine colored foliage truly stands out. The delicate violet blooms are absolutely gorgeous. I love this plant and I’m looking for other places to tuck her in.

      Yolanda
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted this last year, spring, and it grew a little, and bloomed a little. It survived the winter just fine. This year, it has grown into its full-bodied size and is now in its blooming glory. It is sturdy, and gorgeous! I've seen a lot of bumblebees attracted to it, and yes, a hummingbird has been around. I am very pleased, thank you!!!

      Marcia
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I planted this plant for the first time last year. It was beautiful, but couldn't withstand the cold during the winter. If I plant it again, which I very well may, I'll treat it as an annual.

      Mary Brown
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
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    2020 Top Performer Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
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