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Penstemon 'Pensham St James'

A Conservation Scheme Plant

Date Introduced
2020

Introduced by
Worcestershire Group

Reason for Inclusion
Raised by Edward Wilson on his nursery in the village of Pensham, near Pershore, Worcestershire. One of the Pensham series that are stronger and hardier than some penstemons.

Verification
Plant was originally sold by a school in Malvern to raise money for charity. Plant matches the breeders description (registered in 2000).

Brief description of plant
Bold, large flowered, perennial plant.

Height x Spread
90cm x 90cm

Flowers
Long flower spikes carrying striking dark red flowers with a darker streaked throat.

Foliage
Broad mid-green lanceolate foliage. Semi-evergreen.

Flowering Time
June - Sept

Soil type
Any well-drained soil.

Aspect
Full sun or part-shade

Pests and diseases
Slugs and snails may damage young or weak foliage in spring.

Cultivation
In cold areas protect with a dry winter mulch and delay cutting back until late spring when no risk of frost.

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


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