Penstemon 'Blackbeard' Beardtongue



Penstemon 'Blackbeard' bears large, lilac purple trumpet shaped flowers with white throats on tall stems over upright, semi-shrubby plants. Penstemon 'Blackbeard' is a hybrid developed for its dark purple green, almost black foliage and its compact, non-flopping habit. Blooming from from midsummer to mid fall, this Penstemon hybrid is attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Its dark purple seed pods extend its season of interest. Evergreen.

Commonly referred to as Beardtongue, Penstemon is an extensive genus of flowering plants native to North America. There are a large number of species and many wonderful hybrids have been developed for the garden.

Penstemon 'Blackbeard' prefers full sun and average, very well-drained soil. It is drought and salt tolerant. 'Blackbeard' is lovely planted en masse or punctuating the perennial border.


  • Common Names: Beardtongue
  • Zones: 3-8
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Well-drained
  • Height at Maturity: 34
  • Width at Maturity: 24
  • Bloom Color: Pink
  • Bloom Time: Summer

Special Features

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

Care and Growing Tips

When deadheading, cut the flowering stems back to the basal foliage (the mound of leaves at the base of the plant).

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Shipping Info


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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.

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