Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' - flower
Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' (Beard Tongue) - This very attractive cultivar is known for its bright pink flowers. It is an evergreen perennial or sub-shrub to 3 feet tall with dark reddish stems. The large trumpet-shaped bright pink white-throated flowers appear in a succession of flowering peaks from late spring until fall and often appear year-round in coastal gardens. The flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies into the garden. Plant in full sun along the coast and provide some light shade inland. Tolerates and even thrives in poor soils and alkaline conditions but requires relatively good drainage. Can survive very dry conditions in cooler coastal gardens but looks better with occasional irrigation and requires it in hotter locations. Pinch plants after the first bloom to promote a quick re-bloom and cut back hard in winter to encourage a new flush of dense growth in spring.