Penstemon 'Hopleys Variegated'
Sunset zones: Not Listed.
USDA zones: 6 -10.
Height: 36 inches (90 cm).
Width: 36 inches (90 cm).
Early summer to first frost.
Tubular, bell-shaped lavender-mauve flowers with streaked white throats.
Evergreen, green with yellow variegation in the leaves.
Fertile, well-drained soil.
I keep penstemons on the lean side; they tend to live longer if not over-fertilized. Side-dress with compost or manures in fall, and fertilize in spring when growth begins, with a complete organic fertilizer.
Divide in late spring. | Softwood cuttings in spring.
Deadhead as flowers fade.
Rainy Side Notes
If you like variegated plants, this European hybrid, Penstemon 'Hopleys Variegated' is a good choice. Originally propagated from a sport of 'Burgundy', by Hopleys Nursery in England and introduced in 1987. I've grown this perennial for a number of years and still enjoy it in the garden; however, I need to find it and move it, as a hydrangea swamped it. I planted it too close and once again "size denial" rears its ugly head in my garden.
The variegated leaf is most likely a genetic cause, not viral. If the irregular variegation is caused by a virus, it doesn't spread to other plants, nor harms the perennial. For best coloring grow the perennial in full sun.
As with most penstemons, 'Hopleys Variegated' is an excellent hummingbird and bee plant.
Photographed in author's garden.
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