PENSTEMON angustifolius (Narrow-Leaved Beardtongue) is a herbaceous perennial plant in the family Plantaginaceae. It is native to the central and southern United States and is known for its slender leaves and showy flowers.
Narrow-Leaved Beardtongue is a clump-forming perennial that typically grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm). It has narrow, lance-shaped leaves that give the plant its common name. The leaves are typically deep green and can have a slightly glossy appearance. This species is commonly found in open woodlands, prairies, and along roadsides. It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate a range of light conditions, from full sun to partial shade.
The flowers of Penstemon angustifolius are tubular and have five fused petals that form a funnel-shaped bloom. The flowers are typically a vibrant shade of blue or violet, though there are cultivars available with pink or white flowers as well. They are arranged in upright spikes that rise above the foliage. Narrow-Leaved Beardtongue typically blooms in late spring to early summer, but the exact timing can vary depending on the climate and growing conditions.
Narrow-Leaved Beardtongue attracts various pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, with its nectar-rich flowers. It serves as an important food source for these pollinators, contributing to local biodiversity and ecosystem health.
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Scientific Name: Penstemon Angustifolius
Common Name: Narrow-Leaved Beardtongue
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: West-central United States
Height: 4 to 20 "
Spread: 12 "
Habitat: Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer
Attracts: Pollinators, Hummingbirds
Characteristics: Cut Flowers
Flower Color: Pink, Purple
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Sandy soils or light loams
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Advantage: Easy to grow, Low maintenance
Uses: Landscaping, Garden Plants, Patio and Containers