Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


 Penstemon digitalis - Foxglove Beardtongue 

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Penstemon digitalis

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Foxglove Beardtongue.
Foxglove Beardtongue
Seeds ready to harvest

Wildlife Significance

Nectar Source - For sphinx moths, honey bees, large number of native bees.

Plant Specialists - Osmia distincta (Mason Bee species) and the pollen collecting wasp (Pseudomasaris occidentals) depend on this plant for food.

Pollinator Plants-  Penstemon species are wonderful  pollinator plants

Perfoliated Leaves - Leaves on this plant are considered perfoliated, that is they circle the stem creating a small "drinking fountain" for birds and insects.

For detailed information on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower website.

Seed  Provenance

Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2010 - Nodding Onion Gardens - 2011 - present
Penstemon digitalis - Native Plant of  Ohio
Foxglove Beardtongue - Penstemon digitalis

Cultivation Information

Height - 3 to 4 ft
Flower Color - White
Blooms - June - July
Sun - Full sun to part\

Hardy Zone - 3 to 9
Soil - Moist  and fertile

Family - Plantaginaceae

Foxglove Beardtongue
More to the Story

Several years ago, beautiful shiny basal leaves (those growing on the base of the plant) appeared in my garden. I wasn't sure what they were but I knew enough to leave it alone. I was rewarded for my patience the following spring with a striking Foxglove Beardtongue plant. Considering the number of bees visiting this plant, I am certain I was not the only one excited to see it bloom.
foxglove beardtongue
Foxglove Beardtongue