Prairie Beardtongue

Penstemon cobaea

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A close up of the pale pink with purple marks flower of Prairie Beardtongue.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds as soon as they are ripe into modules or small pots. Over winter in a sheltered location, such as a cold frame. Seeds should germinate in spring. Alternatively, stratify the seeds by folding them into a damp piece of kitchen towel inside a seal-able plastic bag. Place in the refrigerator for 3 months, checking regularly to ensure the towel stays moist and remove any seeds which begin to germinate. These can be planted up and grown on partial sunlight and slowly warming conditions.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Drought resistant

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Chalk, Gravel, Compost, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Plantaginaceae

Flower colour

White, Purple

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.