PENSTEMON GEORGE MOON

PENSTEMON GEORGE MOON

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We're not sure who George Moon is or was, despite our diligent research, but he gave his name to a very striking variety of penstemon, whose large crimson red flowers with white interiors will not fail to bring a splash of real colour to any garden. Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. 24 in. 1 litre pot.

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We can’t recall where we first sourced Penstemon George Moon, but we have been growing it for quite a few years now. It’s not a variety seen that often and the origins of this plant seem to be shrouded in mystery. We can’t track down any detail, which is frustrating (to Rob anyway, who’s like that): even the compendious list of cultivar names compiled by Dale Lindgren for the University of Nebraska and published in 2006 omits the name. If you are a die-hard penstemon freak and don’t know of this list, you can find it here.

Perhaps we should just let it lie and enjoy George Moon for his many qualities. He’s an easy going and reliable character who will bloom over a long period, given a bit of cutting back of the old flowering stems. Reduce to two thirds height before winter sets in, then in the spring prune back hard to near the base to promote regrowth.

Penstemon George Moon is a hardy evergreen perennial plant with pointed leaves and red and white flowers in summer and autumn suitable for sun or semi-shade.


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