One of Jasmin's favorites, foxglove beardtongue is also a pollinator’s delight, appealing to honeybees, bumblebees, Miner bees, Mason bees, and hummingbirds.
This delightful perennial grows in clumps to around 3’ in height with panicles of white/pink flowers atop reddish stems. After the bloom, seed pods appear and turn a reddish-brown color. The dried brown pods provide wonderful winter interest and food source for birds.
Add Beardtongue to just about any area in your garden, it adapts to many light conditions, prefers medium soils but can tolerate clay, and would be a lovely addition to a cut flower garden.
The common name Beardtongue comes from the physical appearance of the flowers. Each flower has five stamen (Penta – Greek for five, stamon- stamen) with four being fertile and the fifth sterile. That fifth stamen has tiny little hairs on it and has a tongue-like appearance, thus “Beard Tongue”.
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Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove beardtongue)
SIZE: 4" pot type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: dry, average height: 4' plant spacing: 1/sq ft bloom time: June, July bloom color: white
good plant companions
New Jersery tea, bee balm, Indian grass
deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof) salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.