Connecticut Plants
Long-sepaled Beardtongue (Long-sepaled Penstemon)
Penstemon calycosus Small
  • Synonyms: Penstemon laevigatus Aiton ssp. calycosus (Small) Benn.
  • Family: plantain (Plantaginaceae)
  • Habitat: meadows, open woods, disturbed areas
  • Height: 2 to 4 feet
  • Flower size: 3/4 to 1-1/2 inch long
  • Flower color: pale purple outside, paler purple to white inside
  • Flowering time: late May to July
  • Origin: native

Photographed in Chester County, Pennsylvania in early June.


The name "beardtongue" comes from a sterile stamen that is bearded with short hairs (brown in this case).