This wonderful clump forming perennial wildflower adds beauty to your garden as it invites pollinators.
Penstemon digitalis (beardtongue) features white two lipped tubular flowers borne in panicles atop erect rigid stems.that bloom from mid-spring to early summer. Their basal leaves are elliptic and stem leaves are lance-shaped to oblong. The long flower tube of Penstemon digitalis (beardtongue) gives a hint towards which pollinators favor this plant making it a favorite of long-tongued bees and hummingbirds which can reach deep enough to get the nectar. The common name beard tongue comes from the sterile stamen that have tuft of small hairs.
|Botanical Name||Penstemon digitalis|
|Common Name||foxglove beardtongue|
|USDA Zone||3 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun|
|Season(s) of interest||all seasons|
|Height and Spread||3-5ft x 1.5-2ft (90-150cm x 45-60cm)|
|Attracts Wildlife||Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Native to Chicago Region.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Northeast Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate|
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