Penstemon - Beardtongue
4 – 8
1 – 8 feet
By: Meriel Bradley
Penstemon – Beardtongue is a long blooming herbaceous perennial. The diversity of this beautiful plant is remarkable from dwarf plants that add a wonderful splash of colour in a rock garden to tall prairie plants that bring colour to the back of a border.
They attract hummingbirds and butterflies with their nectar-rich tubular flowers that grow in a wide variety of colors along multiple graceful stems.
These native wildflowers are easy-care but do require well-draining soil.
By removing spent blooms, you can encourage a second wave of flowers, I find that mine will flower for most of the summer and into the fall.
They will also self-seed, so if you want additional plants, you can leave the last flowers to set up seed ready for the spring.
Grows best in full sun
Blooms mid-spring to fall
Needs well-draining soil
Grows 1 – 8 feet tall
Hardy zones 4 – 8
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