Penstemon gracilis, Slender Beardtongue

Slender is shorter in stature than most Penstemon

I am pretty excited about the possibilities for Slender Beardtongue, or what I prefer, Slender Penstemon. It is an upright plant that will do well in similar conditions to most Penstemon, doing its best in well-draining, medium-dry soils and full to part sun. This is a great early bloomer for a community of short prairie and sand prairie plants like Pasque Flower, Prairie Violet, Butterflyweed, Lupine, Blue Grama, and Plains Oval Sedge.

Blooms: pale violet, May into July

Height: 12 to 18 inches

Conditions: sun to pt sun, medium-dry to dry soils