Penstemon Midnight Masquerade
Penstemon Midnight Masquerade

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Penstemon 'Midnight Masquerade' is the first Penstemon to be featured as a Proven Winners perennial. It produces a sturdy clump of deep burgundy purple leaves. Full sun is recommended to bring out the intense burgundy colour. This variety's dark foliage can be enjoyed all season, but in bloom, the colour contrast between flower and foliage is stunning. Rich lavender purple flowers have pure white interiors and are produced on dark stems just above the foliage. Considered an improvement on other varieties, this superior selection boasts a fuller, more refined habit, more vibrant flower color, and a more consistent, floriferous flowering performance. 'Midnight Masquerade' like the other Penstemons we grow stands up to our hot, humid summers and cold winters with ease. It provides great interest in the landscape from early spring to snowfall.

 

  • Height: 91-102 (36-40 in)
  • Spread: 71-81 (28-32 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-9
  • Sun or Shade: sun
  • Bloom Time: early to mid summer
  • Leaf Colour: near black
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Nature Attraction: bees and hummingbirds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Penstemon 'Midnight Masquerade ' is easy to grow in full sun in rich, well drained soil. Avoid wet or poorly drained soils and soils with low fertility. After flowering you can cut the spent blooms back and enjoy the lovely foliage colour. We do not cut this plant back because we find the stems and seed heads very attractive. A mulch will help to retain soil moisture and keep the leaves clean.