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Penstemon laevigatus (Eastern smooth penstemon)
Smith, R.W.

Penstemon laevigatus

Penstemon laevigatus Aiton

Eastern Smooth Penstemon, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue, Smooth Penstemon, Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Penstemon, Eastern Beardtongue, Hairy Penstemon, Hairy Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Penstemon penstemon

USDA Symbol: PELA8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AL , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , KY , LA , MA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV
Native Habitat: rich woods and fields

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Organic

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.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Research Literature

Reslit 2118 - Two bee forage possibilities: Penstemon and Phacelia (2003) R. Dalby

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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