Blue Midnight Beard Tongue



Blue Midnight Beard Tongue
Blue Midnight Beard Tongue
Penstemon 'Blue Midnight'
Plant Height: 24 inches
Flower Height: 3 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 6a
Other Names: Beardtongue
A vigorous and attractive strong plant with large eye-catching deep
bluish-purple flowers with striped white throats; stunning as a
complement to pastel yellow perennials
Ornamental Features:
Penstemon 'Blue Midnight' flowers
Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder
Blue Midnight Beard Tongue features beautiful spikes of navy blue
tubular flowers with white throats and violet stripes rising above the
foliage from early to late summer, which emerge from distinctive purple
flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings.
The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's narrow leaves remain green in
colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Landscape Attributes:
Blue Midnight 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 perennial, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes
active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard. It
has no significant negative characteristics.
Blue Midnight Beard Tongue is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- Container Planting
Plant Characteristics:
Blue Midnight Beard Tongue will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with
the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected
to live for approximately 10 years.
This perennial 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 plant can
be propagated by cuttings.
This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.