Beardtongue (Penstemon)

Beardtongue (Penstemon)

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Penstemon digitalis, 1/2-pint plug

Exposure: Full-Partial Sun
Soil: Medium-Medium Dry
Height: 4 feet
Blooms: June

Description: Matures to 3' in height and has white to pink flowers. It prefers medium to dry medium soils but can adapt to many light conditions: full sun to part shade such as clearings within forests, woods' edges, and savannas. It is very easy to grow from seed.
The tubular flowers of this plant attract long-tongued bees, including honeybees, bumblebees, Miner bees, Mason bees, and hummingbirds. Penstemon digitalis is also one of the host plants for the Chalcedon Checkerspot and  Edith's Checkerspot.  Penstemons are called 'Beard Tongues' because the sterile stamen has a tuft of small hairs.