Penstemon calycosus, Calico beardtongue NEW!

Penstemon calycosus, Calico beardtongue NEW!
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  • Item #: Pens Cal
  • Attractive Flowers:
  • Average - Dry soil:
  • Average to moist soil:
  • Beneficial Insects:
  • Butterflies:
  • Clay Soil- High clay content, fine texture:
  • Deer Resistant:
  • Drought tolerant:
  • Drought Tolerant:
  • Dry-Moist Soil:
  • FAC- Occur in wetlands and non-wetlands:
  • Fragrant:
  • Full - Part Sun (6+ hours of sun):
  • Groundcover:
  • Herbal / Medicinal Uses:
  • High Wildlife Value:
  • Hummingbirds:
  • Loamy Soil- mostly silt, sand, some clay:
  • Moist Soil:
  • Native to Coastal Regions:
  • Native To Mountain Regions:
  • Native to Piedmont Regions:
  • Organic soil- high level of decayed leaves, bark:
  • Part Sun - Part Shade :
  • Perennial:
  • Pollinator support:
  • Wildflower:
  • Woodland flower:
  • Full Sun:
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5 or more $3.50 each
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Botanic Name:  Penstemon calycosus    Common Name:  Calico beardtongue


Mature Height: 1-3' x 18"

Water Use: Low , Medium , High 
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade 
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist , Wet 
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8) 
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low 
Soil Description: Fertile, well-drained loams, clay loams, and sand. Acid preferably but tolerates lime. 
Conditions Comments: Will tolerate dry shade. 


Use Ornamental: A great bloomer for clay loam in areas with poor drainage. 
Use Wildlife: Hummingbirds and bumblebees 
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds 
Nectar Source: yes


Long-tongued bees are the most important pollinators of the flowers, including honeybees, bumblebees, Anthophorine bees, digger bees, mason bees, and leaf-cutting bees, which seek nectar primarily. Less important visitors include Halictid bees, Sphinx moths, and hummingbirds. The caterpillars of the moth Elaphria chalcedonia (Chalcedony Midget) may feed on the foliage of this penstemon. The foliage of penstemons is not a preferred food source for most mammalian herbivores.

This species has reasonably attractive flowers, and it should be cultivated in wildflower gardens more often. Long-Sepal Penstemon resembles Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Penstemon) somewhat, but it is usually a little smaller and has light violet or purple flowers, while Foxglove Penstemon has white flowers that are at most tinged with violet. Long-Sepal Penstemon also has longer sepals. Another native penstemon, Penstemon hirsutus (Hairy Penstemon), also has pinkish flowers, but the corolla of its flowers is more constricted at the mouth and its stems are more hairy. Other features to consider while identifying a penstemon species include the presence or absence of ridges on the lower inner surface of the corolla, the presence or absence of hairs on the leaves, and whether or not the lower lip of the corolla extends further forward than the upper lip.

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees 
Full Sun	Full - Part Sun (6+ hours of sun)		Part Sun - Part Shade		
	Drought tolerant		
Dry-Moist Soil
Average - Dry soil
Average to moist soil
Moist Soil
FAC- Occur in wetlands and non-wetlands
Clay Soil- High clay content, fine texture
Loamy Soil- mostly silt, sand, some clay
Organic soil- high level of decayed leaves, bark
High Wildlife Value
Beneficial Insects
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Attractive Flowers
Native To Mountain Regions
Native to Coastal Regions
Herbal / Medicinal Uses
Native to Piedmont Regions
Pollinator support
Woodland flower

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