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This plant has no fragrance
Bearlip Penstemon Overview
Penstemon is a large genus of roughly 250 species of deciduous or semi-evergreen perennials, shrubs or subshrubs. They are planted for their showy summer flowers. Numerous hybrids have been developed since the 19th Century and can be grown in a variety of climates. Penstemons are a good addition to a large border, while the smaller species are grown as bedding plants.
Common problems with Bearlip Penstemon
Susceptible to slugs, snails and powdery mildew.
How to harvest Bearlip Penstemon
Flowers can be cut for the vase.
How to propagate Bearlip Penstemon
Sow seeds in late winter or spring.
Take soft-wood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer.
Divide clumps in spring.
Special features of Bearlip Penstemon
Attracts useful insects
Some species are well adapted to long dry spels.
Other uses of Bearlip Penstemon
Cutting bed, borders Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.
Native Americans used Penstemon for animal and human medicine, but modern hybrids are ornimental.