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Penstemon digitalis

Tall White Beardtongue

Beautiful, lettuce-like leaves give rise to thick spikes of white flowers. Butterflies visit the flowers for nectar and songbirds such as cardinals and goldfinch eat ripe seed from the flower stems in fall and winter.

Benefits:

  • Easy-to-grow, profuse white flowers on strong deep red stems
  • Flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators, especially bumblebees
  • Deer resistant
  • Good cut flower blooming late spring to early summer
  • Songbirds feed on seed
  • Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

    Easy to grow in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil.

    Leave old flower stems standing to provide seed for songbirds.

    Height
    24-30 Inches

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    Spread
    18-24 Inches


    Native Range
    Moist forest gaps, bottomlands and prairies; Nova Scotia to Minnesota south to Texas and Virginia.

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    Native Trivia

    Butterflies and bees contribute to a healthy ecosystem by moving pollen from one flower to another (fertilization) so seeds will form and new plants are created.


    USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

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    "Hummingbirds and butterflies love the long blooming flowers."

    Characteristics & Attributes

    Plan Sub Group
    Medium to Tall Perennials
    Exposure
    Sun
    Filtered Shade
    Soil Moisture Preference
    Dry
    Moist
    Attracts Wildlife
    Butterflies
    Beneficial insects
    Bloom Time
    Late Summer
    Critter Resistance
    Deer Resistant
    Habitat Collection
    Songbird
    Butterfly
    Foliage Color
    Green