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Beardtongue | Plant Profile

Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis) are prairie wildflowers that are common in the American midwest. The foliage is clump forming with tall flower stalks that reach far above the body of the plant. White flowers bloom along the entirety of the stalks. The elongated oval shaped foliage is a medium green color.

Beardtongue prefers average fertility, dry to medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun.

Beardtongue are attractive to birds, butterflies and pollinating insects. Locate on sunny hillsides for showy flowers and erosion control.


Beardtongue Characteristics

Beardtongue are low maintenance showy wildflowers. They are easy to grow as long as wet, poorly drained soils are avoided. The best foliage color and flowering occurs in full sun. Beardtongue are generally avoided by deer. Drought and dry soils are tolerable.

There are few serious disease or pet issues that threaten Beardtongue. Root rot occurs in poorly drained soils. Tall flowers stalks may need support. Beardtongue are recommended for naturalized areas as they can become invasive alongside weaker plants.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 3 - 8


2.00 - 3.00'
1.00 - 2.00'
Bloom Time
April - June
Dry - Medium
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?