Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Small’s Beardtongue

Small’s Beardtongue

Penstemon smallii

Full to part sun, medium to moderately dry moisture level, sandy or rocky soil, moderately to slightly acid pH.  18-30 inches height, blooms late spring into early summer, reddish-purple flowers with white striped throats.

Germination Code:  M

Native Region:  Lightly in Ridge and Valley and Blue Ridge Provinces

Unlike other penstemons, the flowers extend down into the axils of the leafy stems which gives the plant a bushy appearance.  Blooms longer than the other eastern penstemons.  Short-lived so re-sow every 2-3 years.  Attracts bees.


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