Penstemon gloxinioides 'Lavender Belle' TM

Common Name:
Garden penstemon
Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Plantaginaceae (formerly in Scrophulariaceae)
Geographic Origin:
Hybrid origin
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2-3 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Flowering Season:
Spring to fall
Flower Color:
Purplish red
Full sun
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
This penstemon selection shares complicated genetics with the other similar popular garden penstemons. It is likely that these garden hybrids were derived from a combination of P. hartwegii, P. cobaea, P. isophyllus, P. gentianoides and/or P. campanulatus. All these hybrid selections are extremely showy and relatively durable in the garden. 'Lavender Belle' is a particularly attractive selection bearing dark lavender blossoms with a white-marked throat. It is a bushy plant growing 3 feet or more tall, with stems densely lined with lush, dark green leaves. It will bloom in repeated waves from late spring to fall, carrying large, bell shaped blossoms in thick spikes. Best in sun, in reasonably well drained soil with moderate watering. Suncrest Nurseries introduction.