- Common Name(s):
- Beard-tongue, Penstemon
- Perennials, Wildflowers
Wildlife Value: Members of the genus Penstemon support the following specialized bee: Osmia (Melanosmia) distincta.
- Spring, summer
- 1-2 ft.
- 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
- 1 in. pale to deep violet-purple flowers; corolla is abruptly swollen in the middle; has grooves and dark lines in the open throat
- Light, well-drained soil; sun to partial shade; dry woods, rocky slopes
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2678