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Yellow Penstemon (Penstemon confertus)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Yellow Penstemon
Penstemon confertus

The flowers can be boiled and then rubbed on items to give them an indelible blue colouring[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    A strong decoction of the root is purgative[257].

    A decoction of the outer bark has been used in the treatment of stomach troubles[257].

    The roasted and powdered stems and leaves have been used as a dressing on sores, cuts and wounds[257].

  • Edible Use

    A tea-like beverage is made by boiling the dried leaves and stems for a short time[161, 177, 183, 257]. If made too strong, it can have a purgative effect on the body[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow late winter in a greenhouse[1]. 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[1]. Division in autumn[111]. Cuttings can be taken throughout the growing season, though August/September is best[1].
Succeeds in ordinary rich garden soils so long as they are well-drained[1]. Succeeds in dry soils. Requires a position in full sun[188]. Very cold hardy, but some protection from winter wet is beneficial for this plant[1]. Plants are evergreen in mild winters[233].
Western N. America.

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