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Penstemon 'Charles Rudd'

Penstemon 'Charles Rudd'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Penstemon 'Charles Rudd' Overview

Penstemon 'Charles Rudd' is a semi-evergreen hardy perennial with a bushy habit that produces upright spires of showy tubular or open trumpet-shaped in summer reddish-purple flowers with a creamy-white throat. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden! This low maintenance plant only requires cutting back in spring to encourage lots of new flowering growth. Leaving the old stems on over winter will help protect the crown from frost. In colder areas, take cuttings and overwinter them on a windowsill or in the greenhouse as a guarantee against losing the parent plant to extreme cold. Newly planted plants will need regular watering until established. Penstemon in the ground will then only need to be watered every fortnight during periods of drought. Check container-grown plants regularly and water as required.

Common problems with Penstemon 'Charles Rudd'

Penstemon can also be attacked by Chrysanthemum eelworm (Aphelenchoides ritzemabosi)

How to harvest Penstemon 'Charles Rudd'

Generally not harvested, stems can be cut for floral arrangements when required.

How to propagate Penstemon 'Charles Rudd'


Take softwood cuttings in early summer and keep moist until roots have developed. Pot on into individual containers and grow in a sheltered location. Semi-hardwood cuttings can be taken in mid to late summer.


Plants can be divided in spring or autumn every three years to revitalise the plant. Replant or pot up straight away to reduce transplantation shock to the plant.



Seed sown from varieties will not produce a plant similar to the parent. Seed from species can be sown in early spring. Place seed trays in heated conditions, and grow on until they can be planted out after the last frost.

Special features of Penstemon 'Charles Rudd'

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Penstemon 'Charles Rudd'

Rock garden, cutting bed, border, flower arranging Suitable for coastal conditions.