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Beard tongue is drought and clay tolerant, good for restoration projects. Photo credit: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. Midwest National Technical Center, Lincoln.

Beard tongue is drought and clay tolerant, good for restoration projects.
Photo credit: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. Midwest National Technical Center, Lincoln. USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 10 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Typical inventory plug

Penstemon digitalis

Beard tongue

Durable, white tubular flowers bloom early in the season. This clump forming Penstemon is often found in old fields and at woods’ edge.

Does best in moist to dry soils full sun to partial shade. Drought tolerant and tolerant of clay soil.


Height:

2-5 ft

Spread:

1-2 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

3-8

Bloom Color:

White

Penstemon digitalis Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Attracts Wildlife

  • Songbirds
  • Butterflies

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist

Attributes

  • Naturalizing
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Cut Flower
  • Clay Soil

Flowering Months

  • June
  • May

Foliage Color

  • Green

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PEDI