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•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Typically grows 1 to 3 feet tall and wide

•Phenology: Perennial herb with smooth lance-shaped leaves and tubular white to pale pink flowers with purple streaks in the throat, arranged in clusters along the stem

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Spring to summer

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy or loamy soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.5)

•Moisture Requirements: Drought-tolerant once established, prefers moderately moist soil

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Native plant gardens, pollinator gardens, rock gardens, naturalistic landscapes

•Maintenance Tips: Low maintenance; prune dead foliage after flowering to encourage bushier growth

•Considerations: Can self-seed but not considered invasive; may benefit from occasional division to rejuvenate growth

•Edible: Not typically consumed

•Medicinal Uses: No documented medicinal uses

•Toxicity to Pets: Not known to be toxic

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

•Wildlife Benefit: Attracts pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds; provides habitat and food for various insects

Smooth Beardtongue - Penstemon laevigatus


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