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Penstemon 'Purple Bedder'

Penstemon 'Purple Bedder'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Penstemon 'Purple Bedder' Overview

Penstemon 'Purple Bedder' (Pensham Series) is a semi-evergreen hardy perennial with a bushy habit that produces upright spires of showy tubular or open trumpet-shaped purple flowers with a maroon throat in summer and early autumn. It likes a position in full sun or partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Suitable for many garden situations, it is usually seen in mixed flower borders and can be planted in containers and wildlife gardens. In colder areas, Penstemon 'Purple Bedder' will benefit from a dry mulch before the winter. Cut back old stems in spring. Keep well watered until new plants are established. This cultivar is on the RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' list highlighting plants that produce large amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging beneficial insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Penstemon 'Purple Bedder'

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

How to harvest Penstemon 'Purple Bedder'

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

How to propagate Penstemon 'Purple Bedder'


Softwood or semi-ripe cuttings of non-flowering shoots in mid-summer. Propagate cultivars by cuttings.


Seed sown from cultivars 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 'Purple Bedder'

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Drought resistant

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Other uses of Penstemon 'Purple Bedder'

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