Penstemon 'Pensham St James'
A Conservation Scheme Plant
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.
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
Long flower spikes carrying striking dark red flowers with a darker streaked throat.
Broad mid-green lanceolate foliage. Semi-evergreen.
June - Sept
Any well-drained soil.
Full sun or part-shade
Pests and diseases
Slugs and snails may damage young or weak foliage in spring.
In cold areas protect with a dry winter mulch and delay cutting back until late spring when no risk of frost.
Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer.