Small's Penstemon, Pink Beardtongue
Penstemon smallii

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: smallii (SMAL-ee-eye) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Denver, Colorado

Atlanta, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Cornelia, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Loganville, Georgia

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Burns, Tennessee

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 17, 2007, plantaholicsnursery from Loganville, GA wrote:

A great all round plant for the perennial border. The flowers are not pink. They are purple. And by the way, the photo introduced as P. smallii by TomH3787 is actually Penstemon canescens, not P. smallii. No offense intended.

Positive

On Dec 8, 2004, Gerris2 from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

Bumble bees worked the flowers heavily. My third-year plants flowered so heavily they needed to be tied up a bit to keep the flowers off of the ground. A big flush of color in late spring that tapers off through the heat of summer then resumes in early to mid-fall. One of the few Penstemon species to survive east coast wet winters and summers. My plants did not have one bit of pink in their flowers.