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Penstemon ‘Midnight Masquerade’ (Beardtongue)

Beardtongue 'Midnight Masquerade'

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Penstemon 'Midnight Masquerade',  Beardtongue 'Midnight Masquerade', Purple Penstemon, Purple Beardtongue, Lavender Penstemon, Lavender Beardtongue

Calling out for attention, Penstemon ‘Midnight Masquerade’ (Beardtongue) is a clump-forming perennial boasting a spectacular display of rich lavender purple flowers adorned with pure white interiors. Blooming profusely in early to midsummer, the blossoms are borne on upright dark stems just above the foliage of deep burgundy purple leaves. They attract scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators. Easy to grow, fuss-free, drought and salt tolerant, this beardtongue selection is noted for its fuller, more refined habit, more vibrant flower color, and its more consistent, floriferous flowering performance. It is perfect for the border, for naturalizing, and for cut flowers.

  • Grows up to 36-40 in. tall (90-100 cm) and 28-32 in. wide (70-80 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought and salt tolerant.
  • Provides a charming impact in beds and borders, cottage gardens, rock gardens or prairies.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, thrip, and spider mites. Crown and root rots may occur without proper drainage.
  • Good air circulation and water drainage are important.

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 3 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Penstemon
Common names Penstemon, Beardtongue
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" (80cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock 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)

Recommended Companion Plants

Perovskia ‘Little Spire’ (Russian Sage)
Hemerocallis (Daylilies)
Nepeta racemosa (Catmint)
Sedum (Stonecrop)

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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 3 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plantaginaceae
Genus Penstemon
Common names Penstemon, Beardtongue
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" (80cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
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