Foxglove Beardstongue

Common Name: Foxglove Beardstongue

Scientific Name: Penstemon digitalis

Family: Plantaginaceae

Habitat: Meadows, Forest Edges

Native: Yes

Life Cycle: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Height: Up to 5 feet

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Well drained, Loamy

Pollinators: Bees, Birds, Butterflies

Description: Foxglove Beardtongue is a native, perennial wildflower that blooms each year in early summer. Known by its white, glove-shaped flowers, Foxglove Beardtongue also attracts many pollinators, including bees. To get the nectar at the bottom of the tubular flower, bumble bees nestle inside the petals, then fly to the next flower for more. Foxglove Beardtongue prefers to grow in meadows in full sun and well-drained, loamy soil. This photo of Foxglove Beardstongue was taken in the Native Grassland at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.