Penstemon Pink Beard Tongue

Flowers all summer long!

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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.

Code

PNIPB

Botantical name

Penstemon smallii

Height

30-70cm

Width

30-40cm

Flowers

Late spring to summer

Climate

Cool to Temperate

Availability

Australia wide

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Pots

Water needs

2