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Penstemon pallidus (Pale beardtongue)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Penstemon pallidus

Penstemon pallidus Small

Pale beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Penstemon arkansanus var. pubescens, Penstemon brevisepalus

USDA Symbol: PEPA7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)

Slender, herbaceous perennial, 8-24 in. tall. White, snapdragon-like flowers are marked with fine purple lines within the throat.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Native Distribution: ME to MI, IL & IA, s. to NY, KY & KS
Native Habitat: Dry woods; fields

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Oregon Native Plant Nursery - Woodburn, OR
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store


* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Penstemon pallidus in USDA Plants
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Record Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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