Penstemon Digitalis ‘Mystica’- (Beard Tongue)
Penstemon Digitalis Mystica demonstrates seasonal elegance, from its spring show of foliage through summer with its spikes of lavender flowers to its autumn coloured leaves.
In early Spring , this plant produces bronze rosettes of foliage. In early summer Mystica produces panicles of large, light lavender-pink flowers on bronze stems and the flowering continues over a long period. The flowers are complemented by deep purple foliage. In autumn, the leaves on Penstemon Mystica will turn to a bright red, and they will continue like this into the winter.
The plant likes well drained fertile soil, in full sun.
Deadhead spent flowers, unless seed is required. Cut plant back to base in winter. Propagate via softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe stem tip cuttings in summer-autumn. Divide established clumps in spring.
Sow in a cold frame or directly in early winter. Surface sow onto moist, well-drained seed compost. Just cover seed with fine gravel or similar. 8 weeks at 4°C is needed. Natural winter cold should offer ideal conditions for germination to occur as the weather warms in spring. Germination can be slow and erratic and may require another winter cold period to occur. Seed must be kept moist. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle or plant out.
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