Foxglove, Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis) - 200 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-9
Thriving in the sun or in the shade, this versatile perennial bears trumpet-shaped white blossoms. This native wildflower is used for many native wildflower projects because it is a principal pollinator species that can adapt to many conditions. The plant's unusual name comes from the fuzzy tongue in each open bloom.
Direct sow 4 seeds per plant in late fall, pressing into the surface of the soil since this seed needs light to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 30-60 days before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination. This seed can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before planting in the spring. Water seedlings until they become established; mature plants also appreciate occasional watering. After blooming cut the plant back to several inches above the soil, unless seed is wanted. Do not overwater, since this plant is particularly susceptible to root rot if the soil becomes too moist. If seeds are not required, cut the plant back after blooming has finished. This plant often self-sows, and is highly attractive to bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.
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