The rising stems of mauve pink flowers are perfect for borders.
The name of Pink Beard Tongue is common, and one could almost argue it is more mauve, but whatever end of the spectrum you see it, it is pretty, and if you plant one, you will have plenty of them! Pink Beardtongue is an easy plant that thrives even in poor soils and flowers for up to six weeks.
Pink Beard Tongue is an open sub shrub* with a casual, easy nature. The mid green leaves grow low on the stems. It is a native wildflower of North America. It is also known as Small’s Penstemon
Plant Pink Beard Tongue in poor, to moderately fertile, well drained soil. Water to establish then only if rainfall is low, dry tolerant once established.
Also known as Small’s Penstemon, they look fantastic as part of a border or in a rock garden. The bees and butterflies love them.
The name, Beard Tongue comes from the flowers, if you have a close look at them, they have two ‘lips’ that look like a gaping mouth with a long, hairy tongue (staminode).
* A sub shrub is a type of shrub that is woody only at the base of the plant. It is usually pruned back to this base after flowering to promote healthy growth.
Late spring to summer
Cool to Temperate
Full Sun to Semi Shade