Native to the western United States, this attractive plant has spikes of clustered, tubular, scarlet blossoms, bearing yellow hairs on their lower lips all arising above basal rosettes and stems bearing lance-shaped mid-green leaves.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Golden-beard penstemon, Chelone barbatus, Beardlip penstemon, Scarlet bugler, St Joseph's Staff