Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Purple Beard Tongue

Penstemon cobaea
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment:
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Purple
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

12 to
24
inches

Spread:

12 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
24
inches
Spread: 12 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
24
inches
Spread: 12 to
18
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Use in perennial borders, cut flower gardens, native plant gardens and wildflower meadows.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows best in full sun with well-drained soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

Show-stopping spikes of loosely spaced white to violet to deep purple, 2 in. long tubular flowers atop erect stems. Flowers bloom in June and are larger than other penstemon flowers. Plants in a landscape can produce 15-20 flower stems per plant.

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