Perennials forum: Penstemon Chimera

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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Apr 12, 2012 8:19 PM CST

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I have this Penstemon from seeds that puts up stalks like this from time to time. I know it's not possible to make the entire plant have the half purple and half gold look on all the stems, but I believe it might be possible to make a Penstemon like this with gold leaves. The stalk of this section is striped. One side is purple and one side is gold. What do you think? Should I root a cutting? I just want one with gold leaves to plant beside my purple ones. LOL! However, wouldn't a plant with leaves like this all over be awesome!

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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Apr 12, 2012 9:45 PM CST
Yes, love the foliage. I sure would try.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 13, 2012 3:20 AM CST
By all means, Clint, root a cutting. That is awesome! Who knows, you might just have the next big thing there. I'd certainly buy it. Green Grin! Hurray!
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Apr 13, 2012 6:29 AM CST
I have done this with coleus plants that develop a stem that's a "sport". Sports are common in coleus. Sometimes those colors or traits do seem to stay stable, a least few a few generations. Maybe eventually they'll revert back to look like the original but I have one that seems to be staying stable in the second generation.

If you get whole plants with that foliage, let me be the first on your begging list for a cutting of it. Hilarious!

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SongofJoy
Apr 13, 2012 6:33 AM CST
I have first dibs. Thumbs up
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 20, 2012 5:44 AM CST
Go for it! Hurray! Hurray! I would also like a cutting. Lovey dubby
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