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Penstemon pallidus (Pale penstemon)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Penstemon pallidus

Penstemon pallidus Small

Pale Penstemon, Pale Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Penstemon arkansanus var. pubescens, Penstemon brevisepalus

USDA Symbol: PEPA7

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

Slender, herbaceous perennial, 8-24 in. tall. White, snapdragon-like flowers are marked with fine purple lines within the throat.


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Native Distribution: ME to MI, IL & IA, s. to NY, KY & KS
Native Habitat: Dry woods; fields

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble 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

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


Record Modified: 2014-07-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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