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Penstemon calycosus - Beardtongue from Pleasant Run Nursery (fall color)

Penstemon calycosus

Beardtongue- Calico

Penstemon calycosus, commonly called Calico Beardtongue or Long-Sepal Beardtongue for… well… its long sepals, is a favorite of various pollinators including Sphinx moths, butterflies and long-tongued bees that visit its pink-mauve flowers from June to July when it’s in bloom. Native to eastern North America and parts of the Midwest, the snapdragon-like, lipped flowers range in color from pink-mauve to lavender to light purple with a white inner lip, standing upright over glossy, semi-evergreen foliage. Foliage forms in a low-growing, basal-rosette and takes on a gorgeous, bright red fall color. Calico Beardtongue is shade tolerant, but less drought tolerant than other Penstemon species, and prefers moist but well-drained soils.

Height

30 Inches

Spread

18 Inches

Bloom Color

Lavender/Purple, Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone

5
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Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Fall Color - Attractive
Native
Native - Straight Species
Self-Seeds
Semi-Evergreen
Soil Conditions
Average
Moist
Bloom Time
Summer
Exposure
Partial Shade/Shade Tolerant
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Pollinators
Tolerance
Clay Soil Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
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Coral Bells - Alum Root
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Blue Wood Aster
Cutleaf Coneflower Rudbeckia laciniata
Cutleaf Coneflower
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Foxglove Beardtongue
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