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Penstemon Cha Cha Purple (Beardtongue)

Beardtongue Cha Cha Purple, Beard Tongue Cha Cha Purple

Penstemon CHA CHA Purple, Purple Penstemon, Purple Beardtongue
Penstemon CHA CHA Purple, Purple Penstemon, Purple Beardtongue

Penstemon Cha Cha Purple is a remarkable variety within the Penstemon genus, boasting vibrant purple flowers that stand out in any garden setting. It is distinguished by its profuse, tubular, deep purple flowers that are densely packed on tall spikes, creating a visual spectacle. The contrasting green foliage enhances the visual appeal, making it a popular choice among garden enthusiasts.

Penstemon Cha Cha Purple: An In-depth Look

Native: While Penstemons are predominantly native to North America, Cha Cha Purple is a cultivar developed for specific horticultural traits, thus not native to a specific region.

Plant Type and Habit: This semi-evergreen perennial forms a clump of sturdy stems with a semi-upright habit, presenting a bushy appearance that fills out garden spaces effectively.

Size: Typically, Cha Cha Purple reaches heights of 18 to 24 inches (45-60 cm) with a spread of 20 inches (50 cm), making it a medium-sized plant ideal for borders or as a focal point.

Flowers: Its flowers are its hallmark, with deep purple, trumpet-shaped blooms that draw the eye and provide a nectar source for pollinators.

Bloom Time: The flowering season for Cha Cha Purple extends from mid-summer into early fall under optimal conditions.

Foliage: The foliage is lance-shaped, bright green, and forms a lush backdrop for the stunning flowers.

Uses: Its vivid purple blooms and attractive foliage make it ideal for decorative purposes in garden beds, borders, and containers. The long-lasting blooms are suitable for fresh floral arrangements.

Pollinators: Penstemon is attractive to various pollinators, especially bees, and hummingbirds, which are drawn to their nectar-rich flowers.

Toxicity: There are no significant concerns regarding toxicity with Penstemons, and they are generally considered safe around pets and children.

Deer and Rabbit: Penstemon Cha Cha Purple is generally resistant to deer and rabbits, which tend to bypass it for more palatable plants.

Drought: Once established, Cha Cha Purple exhibits a good degree of drought tolerance, making it suitable for xeriscaping.

Penstemon Cha Cha Purple combines beauty, resilience, and ecological benefits, making it a cherished addition to any garden. Its vibrant blooms set it apart, and its easy-care nature makes it ideal even for novice gardeners.

Penstemon Growing Tips

Light: Full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun per day). Tolerates light shade

Soil: Well-drained soil is crucial. Penstemons prefer rocky or sandy lean soils rather than rich garden loam. Avoid overly moist, poorly drained soils.

Water: Water well until plants are established. Once established, Penstemons tolerate some drought. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Over-watering or wet soils can lead to root rot.

Fertilizer: Penstemon plants generally do not require heavy fertilization and can thrive in relatively lean soil conditions. However, providing them with a light application of an organic fertilizer in the fall can help boost their growth and flowering potential.

Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming. Cut back plants in late autumn or early spring to promote vigorous growth.

Mulching: Mulching Penstemon can help regulate ground temperature and suppress weed growth. Choose a mulch that does not hold water. Use organic materials like shredded bark, compost, or pine straw. Avoiding direct contact with the stems to prevent rot and pest issues.

Propagation: Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer, semi-hardwood cuttings in midsummer, or by division in spring

Pests and Diseases: No serious pest or disease issues, but watch for slugs, snails, and nematodes. Fungal diseases can occur in overly wet conditions; ensure good air circulation and avoid overhead watering to prevent issues like powdery mildew, leaf spot, and root rot. Rust can cause small, rust-colored pustules on leaves and stems, leading to defoliation and stunted growth.

Penstemon: How to Grow and Care with Success


Properly growing Penstemon ensures robust, vibrant blooms and foliage, enhances garden biodiversity by attracting pollinators, prevents disease, and maintains plant health. Thriving plants provide longer-lasting beauty and environmental benefits, contributing positively to local ecosystems and the aesthetic value of your landscape.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Penstemon
Common names Beardtongue, Penstemon
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 20" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Bees, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Penstemon pallidus (Pale Beardtongue)
Penstemon pseudospectabilis (Desert Beardtongue)
Penstemon parryi (Parry’s Beardtongue)
Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Electric Blue’ (Foothill Beardtongue)
Penstemon ‘Evelyn’ (Beardtongue)
Penstemon ovatus (Eggleaf Beardtongue)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Penstemon
Common names Beardtongue, Penstemon
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 20" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Bees, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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