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Penstemon laevigatus

Common Name(s):
Eastern beardtongue, Eastern smooth beardtongue, Smooth beardtongue
Categories:
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

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.

Season:
Soring, summer
Height:
1-3 ft.
Flower Color:
White to purplish
Foliage:
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.
Flower:
The Smooth Beardtongue has pale purple to almost white flowers that first mature in late spring and continue into mid-summer.
Zones:
6-8
Habit:
Herbaceous perennial
Propagation:
Seed, cold moist stratification increases germination
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade
Fruit:
3/8" long capsule
Soil:
Rich, moist
Regions:
Mountains, coastal
Origin:
Southeastern US
Tags:
highly beneficial coastal plants, bees, nectar, hummingbirds, wildlife, cottage garden, rock garden, butterfly garden, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 3237

Penstemon laevigatus Form
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Penstemon laevigatus Penstemon laevigatus
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Penstemon laevigatus Flowers
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