White wand beardtongue

Biological Name:

Penstemon albidus (White-wand-beardtongue)

Natural Habitat:

White-wand-beardtongue is likely a type of flowering plant, and as such, it may be found in a variety of environments where it can receive enough sunlight and water to support its growth. These environments could include fields, meadows, forests, and other natural areas. The geographic region in which it grows is difficult to determine without more information.


White-wand-beardtongue is a perennial herb that is native to North America. It has small white flowers and opposite lance-shaped leaves. It is often found in dry open areas and is used in traditional medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Does beardtongue come back every year?
A: Penstemon beard tongue is a commonly found perennial, which may also grow as an annual in chilly or excessively hot regions.

Q: How do you winterize a beardtongue?
A: In winter, no need to remove beardtongue leaves: they protect the plant from the cold. What is best is to cover the plant with a thick layer of dead leaves to protect it from freezing.

Q: Is beardtongue an evergreen?
A: Rocky Mountain beardtongue, with its spikes of bright blue flowers and evergreen foliage, is one of the easiest-to-grow Penstemon. Long-lived, this beauty thrives in most any well-drained soil with full sun exposure.

Q: Does beardtongue bloom all summer?
A: Beardtongue, flowers all summer long They bloom from May to October. Native to North America, beardtongue is relatively rare in Europe. There are over a hundred cultivars of this perennial, that grow to become shrubs or creeping vines. Shrubs are perfect for flower beds, with long lasting colored blooms.

Q: Do hummingbirds like beardtongue?
A: Plant These Flowers for Hummingbirds in Your Garden Penstemon, also known as beardtongue, has everything that makes an ideal hummingbird flower: long, tubular blooms (the shape is hard for insects to sip nectar from but easy for hummingbirds), sweet nectar and a flower spike filled with lots of little blossoms.

Q: What do you do with penstemon in the winter?
A: Given good drainage all penstemons should survive most winters, but they must keep most of their foliage over winter. Take cuttings in summer as an insurance policy.

Q: Is beardtongue drought tolerant?
A: Penstemon, also known as beardtongue, is a valuable addition to the drought-tolerant garden. Its tall flowering spikes paint the landscape in spring and summer.

Q: Will beardtongue spread?
A: Hairy Beardtongue is one of the most landscape friendly native plants. It has a compact size, doesn’t spread aggressively with the exception of some self-seeding. It blooms beautiful lavender-white flowers in Spring, really providing some stunning color.

Q: Does beardtongue attract bees?
A: Beardtongue is visited by a number of bees including sweat bees, leafcutter bees, and is frequented by newly hatched bumble bees.

Q: Should beardtongue be cut back?
A: Beardtongue doesn’t need pruning but can benefit from cutting off the spent flowers down to the stem to encourage new blooms.

Q: Is goat’s beard invasive?
A: No, false goat’s beard plants are not considered an invasive species.

Q: Does beardtongue need full sun?
A: Light preference: Full sun to part shade. Varieties with purple or reddish leaves will exhibit the best foliage color when grown in direct sunlight.

Q: Is beardtongue annual or perennial?
A: Penstemon, commonly known as Beardtongue, is an easy to grow and care for perennial. A western United States native prairie plant, Penstemon thrives in hot sunny conditions. There are approximately 275 species, some are tall and well suited to perennial gardens, some are small and better suited to rock gardens.

Q: How do I keep my beardtongue blooming?
A: Extend the Bloom Remove the tip of the flowering stem just above a healthy set of leaves using clean, sharp pruning shears and discard it. Deadheading eliminates the possibility of seed production, so leave a few flower stems in place to ripen so seed can be harvested for next year’s garden.

Q: Do you cut back penstemon in the winter?
A: To prevent plants from failing to make it through winter, don’t prune penstemons until spring. If you continue to fail with penstemons ensure the soil is not waterlogged.

Q: How big do beardtongue grow?
A: One of the showiest native penstemons, Beardtongue can reach heights of three feet with stunning lavender-pink flowers. While the bloom time is relatively short, 2 – 3 weeks in May or June, the plant offers beautiful vertical structure and silvery blue-green …

Q: How long do penstemon plants last?
A: After about five years, penstemons often need replacing as they become woody and flower less well.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.