Herb: Large Beard Tongue


Latin name: Penstemon grandiflorus


Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)



Medicinal use of Large Beard Tongue:

A decoction of the roots has been used in the treatment of chest pains and stomach aches. A decoction of the leaves has been used in the treatment of chills and fevers.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
120 cm
(4 feet)

Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Prairies and plains. Edges of sandy woods in Texas.

Propagation of Large Beard Tongue:

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:

Prairies and plains. Edges of sandy woods in Texas.

Known hazards of Penstemon grandiflorus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.