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Marcus, Joseph A.
Penstemon tenuis Small
Brazos Penstemon, Gulf Coast Penstemon, Sharpsepal beardtongue
USDA Symbol: PETE3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
1-1.5 feet. Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
AR , LA , MS , TX Native Habitat:
Gulf Coast prairies and marshes. Moist sand, loam, clay. Poor drainage okay. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil Description:
Clay, Clay Loam, Medium Loam, Sandy Loam, Sandy. Conditions Comments:
Tiny purple blooms adorn Gulf Coast Penstemons flower spikes like little bells. This species makes a fabulous cut flower. Grows well in moist perennial
beds and borders. Has the potential to reseed freely. It is a good to plant in combination with yellow columbine, which has the same requirements and bloom period.
Showy, Blooms ornamental, Color, Long-blooming, Garden, Perennial
garden Use Wildlife:
Nectar-Bees, Nectar-insects, Nectar-butterflies Conspicuous Flowers:
Hummingbirds Nectar Source:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Seed Collection: Collect seed in summer.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff