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Smooth Beardtongue Penstemon laevigatus

Description

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.

 

Seasons of Interest:

      Bloom: Spring-Summer, May-July     Fruit/Seed/Nut:  Late summer

 

Cultivars:
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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Penstemon
    Species:
    laevigatus
    Family:
    Plantaginaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern United States
    Wildlife Value:
    It is a host plant for the Common Buckeye butterfly.  Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted to its blooms.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    The Smooth Beardtongue has pale purple to almost white flowers that first mature in late spring and continue into mid-summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Hairy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    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.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer