Penstemon digitalis 'Pocahontas' - FOXGLOVE BEARDTONGUE 'POCAHONTAS'

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Top performer with good wildlife support, favorite perennial of top North American Garden designers like Austin Eischeid, Roy Diblik, Kelly Norris and others.

" 'Pocahontas' was introduced by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens of Hebron, Illinois.

It was bred from a Penstemon digitalis selection with dark burgundy red foliage as the female parent and Penstemon digitalis ‘Pink Dawn’ as the male parent.

It has burgundy red stems with dark burgundy leaves and clusters of tubular lavender pink flowers.

‘Pocohontas’ grows 3 to 4 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide.

U.S. Plant Patent #24,804 awarded August 19, 2014." Missouri Botanical Garden


Burgundy leaves have the brightest color in spring, but stay red for the whole season (with stems and red seedheads), so it is truly full year interest plant. Flowers from April/May till June.

Seedheads can be cut and dried and used for fresh or dry flower arrangements.

Full sun, half sun, very adaptable to soil types (including clay, gritty, sandy or shallower soil), average moisture (medium) to dry soils.

Attracts pollinators, butterflies, hummingbirds and small birds. Deer and rabbit avoid it, 'Pocahontas' is mostly disease and trouble free plant, that tolerates black walnuts, drought and somewhat salty soils too.

Suitable for zones 4 to 8.

Great garden perennial for sunny to half shade border, prairie style plantings, naturalistic plantings, meadow plantings, public and private gardens.

Pot size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot

Picture copyright : 1 - Intrinsic Perennial Gardens (Brent Horvath), 2 - Austin Eischeid Garden Design, 3 - Kelly Norris Garden Design

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  • 5
    As described

    Posted by DL on 31st Jul 2022

    This looks very promising. Foliage is a dark purple and is growing well. Probably will not flower this year for me but surely next year. I have it next to my trimmed down Midnight Masquerade and hopefully they conjoin as they both spread larger.