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07/20/2019
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Penstemon smallii

Native Plants

Small’s Beardstongue

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Summary

Small’s beardstongue is an underused and, yet, stunning perennial for the garden border or shady woodland edge in summer. It develops robust stems that can grow 18-28″ tall, topped by exceptionally showy, pale lavender-violet to purplish-pink flowers, often in terminal clusters of 50 flowers or more. Its foliage is also an usually vibrant green that contrasts nicely with the flowers. Small’s beardstongue does best in well-drained to dry soils and partial shade to sunny locations. Small’s beardstongue makes a lovely companion with Amsonia hubrichtii, Gentiana andrewsii, Phlox divaricata, Polystichum acrostichoides, Chionanthus virginicus, and Carpinus caroliniana.


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  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    pink 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    chartreuse 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    chartreuse 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan 

Additional Information

USDA Plants Database, Alabama Plants