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Herbaceous Perennial

Penstemon 'Purple Riding Hood'PBR (Riding Hood Series)
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penstemon 'Purple Riding Hood'

'Purple Riding Hood' has rich, purple-pink flowers with prominent white stamens. Compact,lowbranchinggrowing habit, reaching about 60cm

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Purple Green
Autumn Purple Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Plantaginaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Penstemon may be deciduous or evergreen perennials or subshrubs, with simple, narrow leaves and racemes or panicles of bell-shaped or funnel-shaped flowers in summer and early autumn

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. In cold areas, protect plant overwinter with dry winter mulch - see Penstemon cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead after flowering to maintain vigour. Then cut back in spring - see Penstemon cultivation

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs, snails, glasshouse red spider mite and eelworms

Diseases

Generally disease-free, but may be susceptible to powdery mildews

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