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Eastern Beardtongue

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Eastern Beardtongue

Penstomon calycosus

Jason Turman pointed out this mass of beardtongue flowers growing along a roadside at Primland. The purple-pink blossoms were buzzing with bumblebees at the end of May. Just like the foxglove beardtongue featured in the previous post, this plant grows 3-5 ft. in height and prefers sunny or partial sunny locations. It too has a hairy stamen right at the entrance to the flower tube that brushes all the bees that enter (hence the name beardtongue). Bloom time is May through July.  

Growing Conditions

Height 24 to 36 inches
Light Requirements Full sun part shade
Bloom time Late Spring/Early Summer
Zone 4 to 8

Additional Info

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds


All info from Dave's Garden