Penstemon smallii


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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

The Beard-tongues that are native to the eastern United States, are primarily rock outcrop species. They seem to thrive on thin soil, good drainage, and open shade or full sun. While technically classified as perennials, we've found that excessive soil richness may result in a short life for a Penstemon. They receive their common name of Beard-tongue because of the tuft of yellow hairs just outside of the throats of the flowers which resemble delicate Snapdragons. The flowering display of Penstemon smallii is perhaps the showiest of our four Penstemons. Lavender flowers are produced in profusion and for a good month or more in late spring and early summer. Flowering stalks may grow from 11/2- to 3- feet tall. And this one will grow reasonably well under maple trees!



Roof Garden

Deer Resistant

Butterfly Plant

Hummingbird Plant         

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to culture



Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial

Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny, Half and half

Soil Condition

Organic, Clay, Sandy, Average

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Dry


full quart


12 to 36in



Flower Color


Bloom Time

Late spring, Early summer



Hardiness Zones

6, 7, 8