This new variety offers yellow to white-yellow foliage and flowers that are similar to the wild form (white to white-pink). This easy-to-grow cultivar is quite adaptable to light and soil conditions and can enrich sunny or half-shade borders, pollinator gardens and bigger rock gardens, or be used in containers.
Very lovely combinations develop with dark-leaved cultivars of other beardtongues like ‘Mystica’, ‘Husker Red’ or ‘Dark Towers’. Other good companions can be blue flowering perennials like a hardy Agastache, Aster, Aster ‘Purple Dome’, Aster ‘Wood’s Blue’, Geranium (non-native), Monarda ‘Blue Stocking’, Verbena spicata, Tradescantia or grasses with silver-blue leaves like Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Prairie Blues’, Panicum virgatum’ Heavy Metal’, Panicum virgatum ‘Cloud Nine’, Panicum ‘Dewey Blue’ or any other native wildflowers with medium to medium-dry moisture needs.
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Blooming Time: June - July
Size: 2.5-3’ tall x 1-1.5’ wide
USDA Zones: 4 to 8
Culture: sun, half-shade, average soil, loamy soil, soils with some drainage (gravel, rocks)
Moisture Needs: medium, medium-dry, medium-moist, established plants are drought tolerant
Origin: Penstemon ‘Gold Foil’ is a garden origin seed line discovered by British company Plant World Seeds. The original wild botanical species is native to Eastern and southeastern United States, indigenous in prairies, forest openings, floodplain forests, thickets, savannas, acid gravel seeps, pastures, and abandoned fields.
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes / yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: attracts long-tongued bees, including honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies and moths in the Sphingid family. Caterpillars of Baltimore Butterflies may feed on the foliage.
Attracts Hummingbirds: yes
Pot Size: 3.5" x 4" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)