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Penstemon australis (Eustis lake beardtongue)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Penstemon australis

Penstemon australis Small

Eustis Lake beardtongue, Slender beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Symbol: peau

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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.


Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: 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 Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, sandy or thin soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


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

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Penstemon australis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon australis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon australis


Record Last Modified: 2010-12-26
Research By: TWC Staff

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