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Penstemon laevigatus

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: rich, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: white, purple

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, cottage garden plant, naturalizing, shade garden plant

Penstemon laevigatus (eastern smooth beardtongue)
  • Penstemon laevigatus (eastern smooth beardtongue)
  • Penstemon laevigatus (eastern smooth beardtongue)
  • Penstemon laevigatus (eastern smooth beardtongue)

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Description

Penstemon laevigatus

Also known as:

eastern smooth beardtongue

,

smooth penstemon

,

smooth beardtongue

,

eastern penstemon

Scientific Synonyms:

Penstemon penstemon

Description

Penstemon laevigatus is a flowering herbaceous perennial with lance-shaped, opposite, stalkless leaves, that are 2" to 4" long. Each plant will produce several erect,smooth flowering stalks that grow to a height of 24" or more. The flowers are produced in open clusters on the upper part of the stems. They vary in color from whitish to pale-purple, are tubular but asymmetrical, with a protruding hairy lower lip, hence the common name beardtongue. Flowers give way to 3/8" long seed capsules.

Cultivation

An easy to grow and trouble free plant. Eastern smooth beardtongue is adapted to rich, moist to dry conditions, in full sun to open shade. It prefers well-drained soil rich in organic material. It is a versatile species and an excellent choice for cottage gardens, rock gardens, and butterfly gardens. Bloom period lasts about a month during mid-summer. Zones 4-7

Propagation

Best propagated from seed. A period of cold, moist stratification will increase germination rates. Plants started in spring, will not reach flowering maturity until summer of the following year.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: NJ, OH

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Scrophulariales
Family Scrophulariaceae Figwort family
Genus Penstemon beardtongue
Species Penstemon laevigatus eastern smooth beardtongue