Penstemon laxiflorus Pennell
Nodding penstemon, Nodding beardtongue, Loose-flowered penstemon, Loose-flowered beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Penstemon australis ssp. laxiflorus, Penstemon australis var. ameles
USDA Symbol: PELA10
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: 1-3
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Acid soils in the Gulf Coastal Plain and sandy open woods and prairies of east Texas west to West Cross Timbers and the Edwards Plateau: TX to FL north to OK and AR.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: This penstemon can take and appreciate regular garden water and well drained, preferably sandy soil (does well in soils that are not acidic as well as soils that are). Although drought tolerant, will look best with some summer water. Lovely addition to a bright woodland or edge of a meadow garden. Trim plants back after bloom to keep tidy.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1190 Collected 2008-07-02 in Harrison County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon laxiflorus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon laxiflorus in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-07-17
Research By: DEW, JSC, ADA