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Penstemon smallii

Small's Beardtongue, Blue Ridge Beardtongue

Scientific Name:

Penstemon smallii

Genus:

Penstemon

Species Epithet:

smallii

Common Name:

Small's Beardtongue, Blue Ridge Beardtongue

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Purple

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Woodlands, cliffs, glades, roadbanks. Fairly common to frequent, at least locally, in the NC mountains; ranges north to Mount Jefferson (Ashe County).  Seemingly uncommon in the far southwestern counties. Locally uncommon in the far western Piedmont close to the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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