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Penstemon canescens

Common Name(s):
Beard-tongue, Penstemon
Categories:
Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

Wildlife Value:   Members of the genus Penstemon support the following specialized beeOsmia (Melanosmia) distincta.

Season:
Spring, summer
Height:
1-2 ft.
Foliage:
2-4 in. egg-shaped to broadly lance-shaped leaves; upper leaves are stalkless and have rounded to heart-shaped base, sharply toothed margins; lower leaves are broader and stalked
Flower:
1 in. pale to deep violet-purple flowers; corolla is abruptly swollen in the middle; has grooves and dark lines in the open throat
Site:
Light, well-drained soil; sun to partial shade; dry woods, rocky slopes
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
pink, wildflower, shade, summer, specialized bees, bees, purple, nectar, pollinator, perennial, lavender, spring, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2678

Penstemon canescens Flowers
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Penstemon canescens Penstemon canescens at the National Botanic Garden, Washington, DC, USA.
Katja Schultz, CC BY - 2.0