Penstemon mensarum

Beardtongue

A Colorado native, this wildflower is becoming rare and endangered in its homelands mostly due to invasive weed species crowding it out rather than over-collecting. 

It has intense cobalt blue flowers held above an evergreen rosette of shiny green foliage. 

In the UK it must be grown in a very gritty, free draining soil in full sun. 

Penstemon are extremely drought tolerant once established and simply hate wet feet. 

The common name “beardtongue” is because some varieties have a hairy-looking tongue ( an infertile pollen sac) which protrudes from the throat of the flowers.

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£ 6.50

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Plantaginaceae    

Hardy perennial    

H5    

40cm    

25cm    

Shiny green    

Cobalt blue    

Very well drained    

Full sun

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