Penstemon smallii Small's Beardtongue

Available Spring 2024


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


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 9&10: Starting March 25th
    • Zone 8: Starting April 1st
    • Zone 7: Starting April 8th
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you live in a warm climate and wish to receive your plants during the winter, please send us an email. Please note that we may be unable to fulfill your request if temperatures are too cold for safe transit or if the plants are dormant.

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We ship via UPS & USPS (the Post Office), and their ship rates are automatically generated through our site. We do not profit on shipping costs. We are working with these providers to get our customers the best rates possible.

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.