Showy Beardtongue, Penstemon cobaea

Showy Beardtongue

Penstemon cobaea

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Bloom Time: Late spring/Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8
Soil Conditions: Loam
Soil Moisture: Dry, Medium
Color: Pink, White, Violet
Fragrance: No
Height: 1-2 feet
Spacing: 1-1.5 feet

Showy Beardtongue, Penstemon cobaea, is a clump-forming, native perennial which occurs on prairies, limestone glades and rocky bluffs. Typically grows 1-2.5 feet tall. Features loose, terminal panicles of white to violet to deep purple, 2" long, tubular flowers atop erect, rigid, downy stems. Flowers bloom in mid-spring and are somewhat larger than most penstemons. Downy, clasping, lance-shaped upper leaves.

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Avoid wet, poorly-drained soils.

 Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Good selection for rock gardens.
  Cut back the stems after flowering or wait for the seeds to ripen.
  Drought tolerant once established.
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