CRCCD – Foxglove Beardtongue


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Penstemon digitalis


Soil:  Acidic, Fertile, Well-drained
Moisture:  Moist to Dry (moist preferred)
Light:  Full to Part Sun
Plant Height:  3 to 5 feet
Plant Width: 1 to 2 feet
Pests:  None serious, but watch for slugs and snails.
Landscape Value:  Great for massing in sunny borders and naturalized areas.  Good for butterfly gardens, rain gardens, wooded edges and open woodlands.

A robust, clump-forming perennial with basal leaves and erect, rigid stems topped by showy clusters of paired, white, tubular flowers with pale reddish-purple nectar guides.  Flowers bloom late spring to mid-summer, producing brownish fruiting capsules that persist into winter and attract songbirds.  To encourage continuous blooming, deadhead spent flowers.  Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and large numbers of long-tongued native bees, including bumblebees, mason bees, and miner bees.  Tolerates clay soil, dry soil, and occasional drought and flooding once established.  Allow soil to dry out between waterings.  Over-watering and wet soil can lead to root rot.  Makes a great cut flower.

5-pint pot

Photo credits:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (photos by James L. Reveal, R.W. Smith)
Missouri Botanical Garden
North Carolina State Extension (photo by Mark Kluge)