Penstemon smallii Small's Beardtongue



Penstemon smallii bears light purple to pink tubular flowers on upright plants with coarsely serrated, heart-shaped, bright green leaves. Flowering from late spring through early summer, Penstemon smallii is a pollinator magnet! It maintains a basal rosette of bronze to maroon tinted foliage in winter. This species is usually pest and disease free.

Penstemon smallii, also known as Small's Beardtongue, is an uncommon species found in portions the southeastern U.S., excluding Florida.

Small's Beardtongue prefers part shade to sun and dry to moist, well-drained, average to poor soil. A tap-rooted plant, it is drought tolerant, once established. Avoid overly-rich soils. Plants may be short-lived, but will self-sow if allowed to set some seed.


  • Common Names: Beardtongue
  • Zones: 5-8
  • Light Requirements: Part Sun to Part Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 18-30
  • Width at Maturity: 18-24
  • Bloom Color: Pink
  • Bloom Time: Midspring to midsummer

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Coastal Conditions.
  • Other Features: Cut Flower. Evergreen. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.