Penstemon digitalis

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Full sun, partial shade
Soils: Average to moist, well-drained sandy soils
Bloom Time: Early summer – June, July with white to pink flowers
Size: 3-4 feet in height

Drought tolerant. Penstemons are called ‘Beard Tongues’ because the sterile stamen has a tuft of small hairs.

Garden Companions

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea), Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

Nature Benefits

• The tubular flowers attract long-tongued bees such as bumblebees and mason bees, as well as hummingbirds.
• Host plant to the Chalcedon Checkerspot and Edith’s Checkerspots

Native Habitat

Occurs in sunny openings of freshwater wetlands, stream banks and ditches.

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