Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beardtongue



Here's an under-appreciated garden beauty for our area.  It's Penstemon.  The common name is beardtongue.    There are hundreds of varieties and a lot of them are very showy - beautiful perennials for the garden.   They do well with little fuss. 

This colony is native to the area and they pop up all over the place. 



Our native variety is white with a pink blush.  It starts blooming at the beginning of June, but you can still find them blooming in August. 



A large colony is a thing of beauty.  They love roadsides and open fields.  I've seen them in full sun and dappled shade.





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