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Penstemon canescens

Appalachian Beardtongue, Eastern Gray Beardtongue, Eastern Gray Penstemon

Scientific Name:

Penstemon canescens

Genus:

Penstemon

Species Epithet:

canescens

Common Name:

Appalachian Beardtongue, Eastern Gray Beardtongue, Eastern Gray Penstemon

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

“Woodlands, glades, forest edges, rocky woodlands, roadsides” (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Plant

The original plant was rescued several years previously from a bank being "weed-eater"ed. Notice the crinkled leaves. The foliage is much more lush in this garden setting.

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Buds

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Buds and Blooms

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Blooms

See the fuzzy beard-tongue?

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Bearded-tongue

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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