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Penstemon cobaea

Purple Beard Tongue

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Penstemon cobaea (Purple Beard Tongue)

In June, show-stopping spikes appear of loosely spaced white to violet to deep purple two inch long tubular flowers bloom on erect stems. They are larger than other penstemon. Often seen blooming in late spring on rocky outcrops and road cuts, this is a great selection for dry areas.

Additional Information:


Height
12-24 Inches

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Spread
12-18 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Purple


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-7

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Use in perennial borders, cut flower gardens, native plant gardens and wildflower meadows.

Good Companions
Missouri Primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa), Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), Yellow Coneflower (Echinacea paradoxa), Missouri Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia missouriensis), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

UPL

Nature Attracting

Hummingbird

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
Average

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map