General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 18 - 30 inches
Plant Spread: 15 - 18 inches
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Other: Large, glossy, deep green leaves
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees

Common names
  • Purple Ozark Beardtongue
  • Pride of the Mountain
  • Penstemon

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Location: My yard in SE Nebraska
Date: May 23, 2010 11:00 AM
Location: My yard in SE Nebraska
Date: May 28, 2010 5:25 PM

Date: 1959
illustration by Mary E. Eaton from 'Addisonia', 1959
Location: Our Prairie to be, near Central Iowa
Date: 2015-09-03
Dried pods

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Yard, near Central Iowa
Date: 2015-07-23
Leaves of plant growing in a part-shade area.
Location: Our Prairie to be, near Central Iowa
Date: 2015-06-10
The blossom just before opening.
Location: Our Prairie to be, near Central Iowa
Date: 2015-06-09
Look closely to see why this is called a Beardtongue.
Location: Our Prairie to be, near Central Iowa
Date: 2015-11-10
On college-ruled notebook paper.  Yes, the seeds really do look l
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Apr 4, 2013 12:58 AM concerning plant:
    I'd love to grow this one and see the bumblebees fit into the flowers. Maybe someday I'll see it available. Too bad I didn't get it when High Country Gardens offered it. It would be a beautiful Penstemon to have in the garden.

  • Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Jul 22, 2015 2:39 PM concerning plant:
    Three plugs were planted last summer. Two in part shade, one full sun and they did equally well. The only watering they get is whatever the Lord provides. We did not see any pollinators at them this year, but found small flying insects stuck to the leaves.
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Chillybean On September 3, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Brought in two, yet closed, seed pods in hopes to plant in pots to keep outside for the winter.
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