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Penstemon grandiflorus (Large Beardtongue)

Large Beardtongue, Large-flowered Beardtongue, Large-flowered Penstemon, Showy Beardtongue, Pink Beardtongue, Shell-leaf Beardtongue, Canterbury Bells, Wild Foxglove


One of the showiest of all Penstemons, Penstemon grandiflorus (Large Beardtongue) is a herbaceous perennial boasting upright racemes of large, pink to lavender, horizontally arranged, tubular flowers, 2 in. long (5 cm). Blooming for a few weeks in late spring to early summer, the striking blossoms attract bees, hummingbirds and birds but are ignored by deer. They are borne on smooth stems clad with opposite, blue-green, waxy leaves and rise above a basal rosette of obovate leaves. Low care, this prairie species is particularly spectacular when grown in drifts, adding lovely vertical lines to the landscape.

  • Grows up to 2-4 ft. tall (60-120 cm) and 1-2 ft. wide (30-60 cm). This plant will self-seed in optimum growing conditions.
  • Best grown in full sun in sandy and rocky, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Dislikes moist conditions and needs excellent drainage.
  • Ideal for prairies and meadows, cottage gardens or native plant gardens. Provides a striking impact when massed.
  • May be affected by leaf spots, rusts and rots. Deer resistant.
  • May be grown from seed.
  • Native to the Great Plains from North Dakota to Wyoming, Texas and Illinois

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Penstemon - Beardtongues
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Penstemon - Beardtongues
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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