Grow Foxglove Penstemon in your garden and enjoy spires of white tubular flowers and the native bees, hummingbirds, and bumblebees it attracts.
This native perennial is known by quite a few common names, including Mississippi Penstemon, Smooth White beardtongue and Talus Slope penstemon. It is hardy in zones 3 to 8. Grow it in full sun or partial shade and enjoy flowers for a month or more in late spring through mid-summer.
Foxglove beardtongue prefers fertile well-drained soil but tolerates clay soil and once established dry and occasionally wet conditions. This adaptability to soil moisture makes it a great choice for rain gardens.
But don’t limit it to those gardens. The 2 to 5 feet tall plant also looks great and performs well in perennials gardens, mixed borders and natural plantings. And the deer tend to leave this beauty be.
A bit more information: The word digitalis in Penstemon digitalis’s botanical name is Latin for finger. Take a close look at the flowers and you may see that they look like the finger of a glove.
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