Herb: Sand-Dune Penstemon


Latin name: Penstemon acuminatus


Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)



Medicinal use of Sand-Dune Penstemon:

The leaves are antiemetic and stomachic. An infusion of the leaves is used to stop vomiting. A decoction is used in the treatment of cramps and stomach pains.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
60 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
July to
September

Habitat of the herb:

Dry, open, commonly sandy places at low elevations, often on dunes

Propagation of Sand-Dune Penstemon:

Seed - sow late winter in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring. Alternatively, the seed can be sown in early summer in a greenhouse, the seedlings overwintered in the greenhouse and then planted out in the following spring. Division in autumn. Cuttings can be taken throughout the growing season, though August/September is best.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry, open, commonly sandy places at low elevations, often on dunes

Known hazards of Penstemon acuminatus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.