Botanical Name: Penstemon Lyallii
Common Name: Lyall’s Beardtongue
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 200
Penstemon Lyallii, Lyall’s Beardtongue: Native to Idaho N. America, this unusual Penstemon is herbaceous rather than evergreen. Upright stems are produced from a thick rootstock, these bare long narrow dark green leaves and slender stems holding lavender pink tubular almost squashed flowers throughout the summer months. This lovely penstemon forms a broad clump as the stems root down on the surface. not invasive but does need some moisture to thrive. Enjoys full sun to light shade. In well drained slightly acidic soils. This uncommon species can be grown from seed, layering or cuttings. 60 cm H x 60 cm W. Image by Tod Boland
Sow Penstemon seeds in good quality compost or seed raising mix at any time. Lightly cover with vermiculite or compost to their own depth. Place in a propagator or cover with a plastic lid in a warm place. We recommend germinating at 15-20 degrees C. keep moist at all times, but do not saturate. Transplant seedlings when two sets of leaves have formed then grow on in a protected area to harden off and mature before finally planting out in the garden.