Penstemon, Beardtongue


Penstemon australis
Also known as: Sandhill Beardtongue


Penstemon australis
Also known as: Sandhill Beardtongue

Pink beardtongue is one tough plant. Native to well-drained sandhills and open woodlands, it is extremely drought tolerant and forgiving of low soil nutrients. It prefers full sunny locations, but can do well if given at least half a day of sunshine. Each flower stalk produces a dozen or more soft-pink blooms from spring until mid fall, and each flower stalk is one to three feet tall and may produce a dozen or so over the course of the blooming season. Penstemon¬†australis needs good drainage and no nearby competition to persist…a superb rock garden candidate. Beardtongues are mostly pollinated by bees and wasps, though hummingbirds also stop by to use them.

Yearly Foliage: Perennial

Hardiness Zone: 7-9

Light: Full Sun

Mature Growth: 1-3 feet

Soil: Average, Sandhills, dry pinelands and sandy well drained soil

Blooms: May – July

Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees, Hummingbirds

Plant Size when available: 1 gallon

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs

1 Quart, 1 Gallon