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Penstemon smallii

Small's Beardtongue

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Penstemon smallii (Small's Beardtongue)

White throated rosy lavender trumpets peek out from the base to the top of the rich green foliage. Does well in heat, and is a friend to butterflies and hummingbirds. The pink to deep rose tubular flowers with purple-striped white throats bloom from May through June. Purple stems bear purple veined leaves up to 6" long, making it an unusual cut flower.

Ultimate height of this clump forming plant is 12" - 24".

Additional Information:
Appears to be deer resistant.

18-30 Inches


12-18 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color
Deep Pink / Rose

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Enjoys full sun to part shade at the front of the perennial border or in the rock garden. Well-drained average to dry soil is the preference. Penstemon smallii is a short-lived perennial of the eastern United States, so allow it to self-seed.

Good Companions
Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana), Roseshell Azalea (Rhododendron prinophyllum (roseum))

Characteristics & Attributes

Nature Attracting


Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture


Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar