White Beardtongue, Penstemon albidus


White beardtongue is a western species of penstemon. A rare plant to find even in the native nursery trade, white penstemon is one of five species of penstemon native to Minnesota and one of three that is found in our growing region of the state, the other two being slender beardtongue (Penstemon gracilis) and large-flowered beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus). Otter Tail County sits at the far eastern end of its range. As such, one needs to know just where to look! Ideal for dry, gravely sites. In its native habitat it can be found clinging to dry hillsides along with slender and large beardtongue that prefer similar conditions. It is a shorter statured plant, maturing to heights typically less than one foot. Its bloom times range between May and June. An important pollinator for many native bees, including bumble bees.

Life Cycle: Perennial
Size: 6-20 inches
Sun: Full
Soil: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Bloom Time: May, June
Advantages: Pollinator Favorite Deer Resistant


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