Like pure penstemons, throughout the summer spires of exquisite white to soft pink trumpet shaped flowers complement the rich maroon red foliage and near black coloured stalks growing up to a height of 70cm by 30cm wide stems. New young leaves emerge maroon red in spring and develop into emerald green leaves with maroon undersides.
Easy to grow garden plant grows in half sun and shade in humus rich well-drained soil. Full sun will bring out the intense leaf colour. Cut back flower stems after flowers finish.
This strong growing perennial was named Plant of the Year in 1996 for its resistance to harsh conditions. A tough reliable bloomer does well in dry climates! Avoid too much water. Can be grown in pots and can be mulched in the garden.