- Common Name(s):
- Eastern beardtongue, Eastern smooth beardtongue, Smooth beardtongue
- Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Eastern smooth beardtongue is a North Carolina native in the Scrophulariaceae family. It is found in woodlands and fields, preferring rich moist soils and full sun. Its leaves are opposite, stalkless, lance-shaped (2"-4" long). Its purplish white blooms appear in open clusters on the upper parts of the stems May through July. They are tubular and asymmetrical with a hairy lower lip, hence the common name beardtongue. It is easy to grow, medium water use, low maintenance plant. It makes an excellent choice for a rock, butterfly, or cottage garden.
Regions: Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal plains
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Spring-Summer, May-July Fruit/Seed/Nut: Late summer
Wildlife Value: This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer. It is a host plant for the Common Buckeye butterfly. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted to its blooms.
- Soring, summer
- 1-3 ft.
- Flower Color:
- White to purplish
- The leaves of the Smooth Beardtongue are opposite with a slightly toothed margin and a hairy underside. The lower leaves are long-stemmed while the upper ones have short stems.
- The Smooth Beardtongue has pale purple to almost white flowers that first mature in late spring and continue into mid-summer.
- Herbaceous perennial
- Seed, cold moist stratification increases germination
- Sun to partial shade
- 3/8" long capsule
- Rich, moist
- Mountains, coastal
- Southeastern US
NCCES plant id: 3237