- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
- Mature Height: 2-3' tall
- Mature Width: 1-2' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 1-2' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Hummingbirds
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Foxglove Beard Tongue?
Happy hummers! Ruby-throated Hummingbirds will entertain you in late spring and early summer when you include Foxglove Beardtongue in your backyard bird sanctuary. This spritely native Spirit hoists its tubular white flowers on slender stems then, and the nectar-seeking birds come from far and wide. Plant it near your outdoor sitting area, where you can watch the air show. It’s fun to watch the bumblebees methodically working the flowers, too. They disappear inside each one and pop back out, pollinating the blooms as they go. Butterflies, such as tiger swallowtails and skippers, may also stop by for a sip of nectar.
Beardtongue gets its name from the hairy stamens (male flower parts) inside the blossoms. It is also known as Penstemon. This sturdy species of Beardtongue, the Foxglove Beardtongue, grows in sunny, open areas all over the East, Midwest, and Southern Plains. It nourishes not only Hummingbirds, bumblebees, and butterflies, but a wide array of valuable pollinators. Honey bees relish the blooms, as do digger bees, miner bees, mason bees, sweat bees, and leaf-cutter bees. Sphinx moths may visit the flowers, and a little moth called the chalcedony midget lays its eggs on its foliage. Its caterpillars feed only on Penstemons and a couple of related plants.
How to use in the landscape?
Easygoing and dependable! Penstemons, often native to mountainous areas and regions with low humidity, can be difficult to grow in the eastern United States. Foxglove Penstemon, on the other hand, is quite accommodating. It is easy to please in most climates and will come back year after year.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Mature Height: 2-3' tall
Mature Width: 1-2' wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Spacing: 1-2' apart
How To Plant
Give Foxglove Beardtongue a site in full sun. It must have soil that drains freely. Although it will need regular irrigation while it gets established, afterwards this self-reliant Spirit will be remarkably drought tolerant. The rusty brown winter stems and seedheads have subtle charms during the dormant season, and you may choose to leave them standing. Doing so may result in seedlings appearing here and there. You can also make more Foxglove Beardtongue plants by dividing clumps in the spring. Trim back the stems and any unsightly foliage before new growth appears in spring.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 3-8