Saturday, January 17, 2009

Penstemon digitalis: seeds

[Photo: Seeds of Penstemon digitalis.]Penstemon digitalis, known in English as smooth penstemon, foxglove penstemon, or foxglove beardtongue and in French as penstémon digitalis is a perennial native to eastern North America. Like foxglove, smooth penstemon bears tall spires of nodding flowers, but it is much lighter and airier than foxglove and usually has white blossoms (the striking cultivar Husker Red has dark red stems contrasting beautifully with the white blossoms).

This is my first year growing smooth penstemon, starting with seeds from Wildflower Farm. The dark brown seeds are about 1 mm long; small but doable.

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