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The lavender blooms of Midnight Masquerade penstemon with White Wands veronica in the foreground.
A sunlit specimen of Midnight Masquerade penstemon.
A specimen of Midnight Masquerade penstemon showing its erect habit and purple foliage.
Penstemon Midnight Masquerade blooming in a perennial garden with daylilies.

Penstemon 'Midnight Masquerade' - Beardtongue

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There's no hiding from it: 'Midnight Masquerade' from Proven Winners is one of the best perennials for sun we've seen in ages! It's much more colorful, much sturdier, and much more disease resistant than older types, and hummingbirds and other pollinators love it. In spring, handsome burgundy foliage emerges, followed soon by sturdy flower spikes of cupped purple florets. This hardy and heat-tolerant perennial blooms in early and midsummer, and its dramatic foliage pairs perfectly with white and yellow flowers.

Vital details:

Plant size: 3-3.5'/1.0-1.2m tall and 2-2.5'/.7-.8m wide

Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day)

Hardiness: USDA zone 3-8 (Find your hardiness zone)

Pollinator value: attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.

Notable features: native, compact, deer resistant, colorful foliage, Proven Winners.

Pot size: one quart

Plant name: Penstemon 'Midnight Masquerade' pp#29,603

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Monica H.
Midnight Masquerade' Beardtongue

So pretty! New to me! Nice dark foliage contrasting with pale pink flowers!

John K.
Super Plants

Plant arrived very healthy and doing well. Have made other purchases from Great Gardens and look to them for other options. Thanks!

Still alive but unproductive

This plant has produced many leaves at its base but no stems and flowers. It is planted in a pot with nutritional soil.
Now 5 months later, this is how it looks--healthy but not as advertised.

slow to grow

Arrived in good condition. Planted 1 month now and appears healthy but showing no signs of new growth.

Jo C.
It’s still alive but has not grown much

It was quite torn up during shipping and loaded with fungus gnats. The cardinal plants recovered much faster and have grown. This one is just holding on. Hopefully it will start growing soon.

Hello Jo! Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback, we're sorry to hear that your beardtongue didn't arrive in perfect condition. If you're ever concerned about any of the plants your receive from us don't hesitate to reach out to us right away as we offer a 30 day guarantee where we're happy to replace damaged or unhealthy plants. Thanks again for your review, we appreciate it. Happy gardening!