Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Foxglove Beard Tongue

Penstemon digitalis
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Hummingbird, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Pollinators
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

30 to
48
inches

Spread:

16 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 30 to
48
inches
Spread: 16 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 30 to
48
inches
Spread: 16 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Mass in perennial borders, cut flower gardens, wild gardens, native plant gardens, naturalized areas, prairies or meadows.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in average to moist, well-drained soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

A profusion of tubular, bright-white flowers on strong stems in May and June are magnets for many long-tongued bees. Used also by hummingbirds. Attractive seed pods are almost red in summer.  A hardy and versatile, long-lived beardtongue.Part of our Pollinator Buffet plant tag series. The two-spotted bumble bee is an early spring bee whose small workers prefer tubular flowers. Used by many bees, bumble bees, and hummingbirds.Native EnvironmentWetland, Stream Edge

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