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Penstemon gracilis (Lilac penstemon)
Reveal, James L.

Penstemon gracilis

Penstemon gracilis Nutt.

Lilac Penstemon, Lilac Beardtongue, Slender Penstemon, Slender Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Symbol: PEGR5

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

A slender, delicate perennial, 8-24 in. tall, with a loose-flowered spike of small, lavender, snapdragon-like flowers and dark green leaves.

The flowers of this plant attract hummingbirds.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: CO , IA , IL , IN , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , SD , WI , WY
Canada: MB , SK
Native Distribution: S.w. Ont. to n.e. B.C., s. to WI, n.w. IA, s. NE & along the e. slope of Rockies from MT to NM
Native Habitat: Prairies; open woods at lower elevations

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Use Wildlife: Hummingbirds
Attracts: Hummingbirds

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native 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

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-08-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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