Penstemon - Beardtongue

Zone

4 – 8

Height:

1 – 8 feet

Light:

full sun

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.

Quick Facts

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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