Penstemon 'Blackbeard' Beardtongue

Penstemon 'Blackbeard' Beardtongue
Penstemon 'Blackbeard' Beardtongue

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Cold hardy to Zone 3 | Heat, humidity, and drought tolerant
SKU 29715
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Key Characteristics

3 - 8

Mature Height

2.8 Feet

Mature Width

24 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Moisture Level

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Description / Penstemon 'Blackbeard' Beardtongue

Penstemon 'Blackbeard' is a hardy herbaceous perennial grown for its colorful foliage and flowers. Beginning in early summer, tall flower stems bloom for weeks in lilac purple flowers with white flaring tubes. They are held aloft a low mound of deep eggplant purple foliage, which stays gorgeous and upright all season long. The flowers are nectar and pollen rich and attract pollinators, especially bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. They make excellent cut flowers for floral arrangements. Dark burgundy seed pods follow the flowers, extending the season of interest.

A Penstemon digitalis, commonly called beardtongue or foxglove beardtongue, 'Blackbeard' has a moderately vigorous growth rate and an upright clumping habit of strong, tightly compact stems that emerge from the base each spring. The plant makes an excellent specimen or container plant but is shown to best effect when massed or grouped in beds or borders. It's a natural for a pollinator garden and great for naturalizing. Agastache, coreopsis, dianthus, echinacea, panicum, and sedum are good companions for penstemon.

Cold hardy and easy to grow, beardtongues grow best in sunny locations with very well-drained soil. The plants thrive in heat and humidity; tolerate drought very well; and are rarely bothered by insects or diseases.

A native plant, penstemon is indigenous to North America. Native plants are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly. Naturally adapted to the climate and soil conditions of the region, they thrive without fertilizers or extra watering, once established. They also act as natural pest controls, reducing the need for pesticides in the garden. Landscaping with native plants promotes biodiversity and provides shelter and quality food for wildlife and pollinators, bringing gardens to life.

Product Details

Item Form 1-Quart
Genus Penstemon
Species digitalis
Variety 'Blackbeard'
Plant Patent PP30052
Category Perennials
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 3
USDA Zone High 8
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Bloom Color Pink
Bloom Season Start Early Summer
Bloom Season End Mid Summer
Foliage Color Black, Purple
Resistance Cold Hardy, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Special Features Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Hummingbird Lovers, Native
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers
Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, PR, VI
Discount Exempt No
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