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Are penstemon a poisonous

Hi, I would like to take advantage of the penstemon a special offer and plant the plants in our playground borders. Isany part of the plant posinous?


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Not that I am aware-probably taste horrible anyway-but like all garden plants-education is the key-children need to learn that you don't/cant eat everythingimage

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,103

    If you start penstemon seeds off now or next week, they will flower this year. I did loads last year and they were still flowering in the winter. The green is still there now.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • In the US, where penstemons originate, deer forage on them and, as far as I have been able to discover, they are not listed as poisonous in the various indexes of poisonous plants. As an ex-teacher myself, I fully understand Vonmarr's caution. Life could be very unpleasant for any school personnel who could be held to  have caused the poisoning of a child, however, many warnings were given to that child.

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