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Penstemon

a North American genus of plants in the family Scrophulariaceae which act as facultative selenium converters; the selenocompounds produced by the plant cause alopecia, lameness, laminitis; called also beard tongue.
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There is a wide range of colours - mostly pinks, reds and purples, though there are even species of penstemon with yellow flowers.
Please send cheques and postal orders payable to Mr Fothergill's to People Penstemon Offer, Mr Fothergill's, Rookery Farm, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG.
Penstemons can flower from May right through to November, which few other flowers can match.
SUPERB penstemon are a cottage garden favourite with tall, elegant spikes of graceful nectar-rich flowers attracting bees and butterflies.
There are two excellent new series of penstemon on the market: the Volcano series are named after volcanic mountains and have a tidy, free flowering habit in a bright range of colours; the Pensham series has taken 26 years to breed and has been selected for length of flowering and winter hardiness.
Figworts include snapdragon, nemesia, diascia, linaria, veronica, galvezia, mimulus and penstemon.
Aside from irises, no garden flower can boast the color range that penstemons offer.
WHAT a barmy season it is - looking out of the office window I still have Penstemons on the herbaceous border in full flower in spite of the odd frost.
Take the wonderful penstemons, which look so tasty in the garden just now.
I've got a few named penstemons that survived winter but look tatty.
Take stem cuttings of plants which don't divide easily, such as penstemons and osteospermums.