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White Beardtongue Penstemon digitalis

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
PEN-stem-on dig-ee-TAH-liss
Description

Penstemon digitalis is a clump forming perennial that grows up to 5 feet tall in prairies, wood margins and open woods. The cultivar Husker Red may stand two to three feet tall and its flowers are white, tubular, two-lipped with a tinge of pink, on erect stems. The leaves are maroon, giving this cultivar its name.

Wildlife Value: Attracts hummingbirds and bees.  Members of the genus Penstemon support the following specialized bee: Osmia (Melanosmia) distincta.

 

Site: fields, open woods, roadsides fields

More information on Penstemon.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Husker Red
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#white flowers#wildlife plant#purple flowers#native perennial#nectar plant#spring flowers#specialized bees#ncemgva2018#NC native#summer flowers#pollinator plant#native wildflower#NC Native Pollinator Plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Husker Red
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#white flowers#wildlife plant#purple flowers#native perennial#nectar plant#spring flowers#specialized bees#ncemgva2018#NC native#summer flowers#pollinator plant#native wildflower#NC Native Pollinator Plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Penstemon
    Species:
    digitalis
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1 in. white or purple-tinged flowers in a terminal cluster; flower tube is abruptly swollen in the middle
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Smooth stems; lance-shaped to oblong, finely toothed leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees