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Rock Candy® Ruby Beard Tongue

Penstemon 'Novapenrub'

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Rock Candy Ruby Beard Tongue (Penstemon 'Novapenrub') at Vandermeer Nursery

Rock Candy® Ruby Beard Tongue flowers

Rock Candy® Ruby Beard Tongue flowers

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Height:  14 inches

Spacing:  8 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Beardtongue

Group/Class:  Rock Candy Series

Brand:  Darwin Perennials

Description:

A vigorous and attractive compact plant with large eye-catching ruby-rose flowers with striped white throats; plump panicles stand out against green foliage; great for border fronts and along walkways

Ornamental Features

Rock Candy® Ruby Beard Tongue has masses of beautiful spikes of ruby-red tubular flowers with rose overtones, white throats and dark red stripes rising above the foliage from early to late summer, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain green in colour throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Rock Candy® Ruby Beard Tongue is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Rock Candy® Ruby Beard Tongue is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Rock Candy® Ruby Beard Tongue will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Rock Candy® Ruby Beard Tongue is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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