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Marcus, Joseph A.
Penstemon tenuis Small
Brazos Penstemon, Gulf Coast Penstemon, Sharpsepal beardtongue
USDA Symbol: pete3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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
, TX Native Habitat:
Gulf Coast prairies and marshes. Moist sand, loam, clay. Poor drainage okay.
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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National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACW || FACW |
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.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
- Briggs, TXFar South Wholesale Nursery
- Austin, TX
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff