Penstemon australis Small
Eustis Lake penstemon, Eustis Lake beardtongue, Slender penstemon, Slender beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PEAU
This perennialís smooth or hairy flower stalks are 1-2 ft. tall and bear pairs of lance-shaped leaves. The tubular flowers, which occur in short-stalked pairs at the top of the plant, are deep-rose on the outside and white on the inside.
Slender Beardtongue is a member of the figwort or snapdragon family (family Scrophulariaceae), which includes mostly herbs, sometimes shrubs, rarely trees, often with showy flowers. There are about 220 genera and 3,000 species occurring nearly throughout the world.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , NC , SC , TN , VA
Native Distribution: Coastal Plain from LA to s.e. VA
Native Habitat: Dry pinelands; thin, upland woods; sand hills; dry, fallow fields
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, sandy or thin soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
Research LiteratureReslit 2627 - Notes on eastern American species of Penstemon (1963) R. W. Bennett
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon australis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon australis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon australis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-08-28
Research By: TWC Staff