Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 2-3 feet
Bloom Color: Lavender
Bloom Season: May – June
Suggested Uses: Large-flowered Beardstongue grows well in sandy and gravelly soils as well as in typical, well-drained garden soil. This is the showiest penstemon, blooming from late May into June. It is attractive to hummingbirds and is beautiful in flower arrangements. It is an awesome plant for an upland area of a shoreline restoration! Drought tolerant and deer resistant.
Native Range: Native to the Great Plains, including the prairies of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bees, including the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis).
Flowers: The flowers are about 2″ long and have 5 lobes.
Leaves: The opposite leaves are simple, ovate to oblong and clasp the stem. They are blue-green and rather thick.
More information: USDA plant profile