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Scientific Name: Penstemon barbatus
Alternative Names: Beardlip Penstemon

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Penstemon barbatus
Penstemon barbatus


  • Perennial
  • Red Penstemon is native to the western United States.
  • It is an erect perennial with a basal rosette of green-blue, linear to lance-shaped leaves and it bears spikes of clustered, tubular, scarlet blossoms with yellow hairs on their lower lips.
  • It is hardy up to -34°C and easy to grow in fertile, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.
  • The flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds.

Parts Used

  • The whole plant.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Red Penstemon has been used as a magic medicine by native American tribes.
  • They used it for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases - taken internally and also applied externally.
  • It is analgesic and a decoction of the root was taken for menstrual pain and stomach ache.
  • Cold infusions or powdered Red Penstemon plant was applied to burns, wounds and sores.
  • A decoction of the plant was taken for cough and infusions were taken as a diuretic.
  • As a dermatological aid - a poultice of the root was applied as a dressing to swellings, gun- and arrow wounds.
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