Penstemon ‘Stapleford Gem’

Spike of tubular shaped flowers with beelines

Spires of tubular flowers of blue, stained purple, help Penstemon ‘Stapleford Gem’ stand out in the garden. The flowers share a pout with the thicker petals of foxgloves, but have more of a luminescent quality. Purple beelines draw our eyes down the pale throat into the flower. 

Some very reputable UK nurseries are selling this plant by the name of Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’ but the RHS advises us that this is a misnomer.

Shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day

28 Replies to “Penstemon ‘Stapleford Gem’”

  1. Penstemon! It takes me back to my California garden! I love the part about the “shared pout” — it is exactly so. Do the buds also share the pucker? The bud near the top facing the camera appears to have just sucked on a lemon. Which brings us to “Sour Grapes.” Finally, a name I can remember!

    1. I’d have said they were impassive but now you point it out, they do appear tight-lipped as if more lemon sucking would not be welcome.

  2. I bought a punnet of Penstemon last year and was so surprised when they survived our very hot summer, providing lovely colour. None as beautiful as this blue though.

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