Penstemon 'Andenken an Friedrich Hahn'

beard tongue (syn. Penstemon Garnet)

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Buy Penstemon 'Andenken an Friedrich Hahn' beard tongue (syn. Penstemon Garnet): Deep wine red, foxglove-like flowers

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: July to October
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (will need winter protection in cold areas)

    Elegant spikes of small, tubular, foxglove-like flowers appear from July to October among lance-shaped, bright green leaves. This vibrant, easy-to-grow perennial commemorates an 18th century German astronomer. It will quickly form large, leafy clumps and is perfect for adding a splash of colour to the middle of a sunny, contrast well with acid greens and silver leaved plants or with wispy grasses and spiky leaves.

  • Garden care: Remove the faded blooms regularly to prolong flowering. Apply a dry mulch around the base of the plant to protect the roots from frost damage and cut back in spring when new shoots appear low down on the stem. Lift and divide congested clumps in spring.

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Growing on me, very pretty


Loved the pictures of this plant and I tend to do lots of research but I chose this plant without seeing it. They didn't do much in the first year but during their second year, they have grown a lot and are starting to look amazing. The plant has a bit of a sprawling habit and mine need a bit of staking, however despite them looking a little messy earlier in the year, they have now become very handsome plants with a good hot Autumn colour. They are planted with a tall dark green grass, Perovskia, Salvia caradonna and Caryopteris and the group looks amazing from July to September.

Vicki A



Very reliable & flowers for a long time


Reliable plant and flowers for a long time.




Mixed Quality


I ordered two plants to replace same plants that had served well for a number of years (ie know they do well in my garden, have an RHS Award and bees love them). Both were not the usual crocus quality and, one was defintitley stronger and healthier than the other. The stronger one growing better than the other and has given a few flowers this summer (year 2) - think it will give more next year as started to take off/ grow well this year. The smaller one is much less than half size of the other an only given two flowers this summer- which I removed to encourage growth. It is now beginning to bulk up but slowly. Disappointed as, historically over the years, I have had good quality plants that thrived from the start from Crocus. But gardening is always has its challenges and sometimes it is the plants we have to nurture into health that can give us more joy when they start to thrive...??? Won't stop me ordering from Crocus as defintiltely had more excellent plants than poorer.


Scotland - central belt


Yes, I would buy plants from Crocus again


As with all previous plant purchases I have been more than satisfied with the quality and packages. The only down side is that they are pricey but as always, you get what you pay for.




Good quality


Great colour, and Ive taken lots of cuttings too




The best of all!


The hardiest of all penstemons. There isn't a position in my garden where I haven't tried it yet apart from the complete shade. Full or partial sun, clay or pots with sandy soil, exposed or in combination with other plants it just keeps soldiering on. Bees love it, great reddish pink colour, lovely bushy shape and no slug problems. The last group I planted survived with absolutely no winter protection for six seasons. If working on clay soil I would suggest buying a 2l plant and putting it in the ground in spring or grow on a 9cm pot over winter.




Would definitely buy again


I received two of these beautiful plants in bloom and in very healthy condition. No damage whatsoever during transit. They're now planted in a prime spot bordering some steps and appear very happy there. Highly recommend.




A good buy for impact in your garden


These are great plants for impact in the border and adding some height in the mid border. Holds it shape effectively and flowers until the first frosts. Good colour too.

Caroline L



I love this Penstemon.


This is a good Penstemon. It's a reliable flowerer and if you keep pruning, it flowers all summer long. Spreads out nicely.




Good vigorous plants


Provides a thick herbaceous cover. Still some blooms at end of November in London

James London




4.8 21


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