Height: 18-24" (45-60cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Purple, white ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Scrophulariales (Figwort Order) Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
(under the APGIII system, this plant is now in the
Genus: Penstemon (Beard Tongue) Species: serrulatus (slightly serrated) ____________________________________
Penstemon serrulatus is a shrubby leafy perennial, unlike the more familiar hybrids with their tall spikes of large tubular flowers. It is a small woody shrub, about 15" or so high, with lax bending stems and bright green toothed leaves. In summer, it bears tight flat-topped clusters of bright purple to blue flowers. There is also a white form.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod The seed pod is pointed, in a cluster with other seed pods.
Seed The seeds are greyish brown irregular corky-looking chips. There are many seeds in a pod.
Seedling The seedleaves are pointed. The first true leaves are nettle-shaped.
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