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Penstemon laxiflorus (Nodding penstemon)
Brundage, Stephanie

Penstemon laxiflorus

Penstemon laxiflorus Pennell

Nodding Penstemon, Nodding Beardtongue, Loose-flowered Penstemon, Loose-flowered Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Penstemon australis ssp. laxiflorus, Penstemon australis var. ameles

USDA Symbol: PELA10

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 28 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: White to pale lavender, sometimes tinged pink, with reddish purple nectar guides.


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Acid soils in the Gulf Coastal Plain and sandy open woods and prairies of east Texas west to West Cross Timbers and the Edwards Plateau: TX to FL north to OK and AR.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: This penstemon can take and appreciate regular garden water and well drained, preferably sandy soil (does well in soils that are not acidic as well as soils that are). Although drought tolerant, will look best with some summer water. Lovely addition to a bright woodland or edge of a meadow garden. Trim plants back after bloom to keep tidy.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

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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:

Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1190 Collected 2008-07-02 in Harrison County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-22
Research By: DEW, JSC, ADA

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