Prairie Penstemon (Penstemon cobaea)
Also known as Prairie Beardtongue, False Foxglove, Wild Foxglove.
Wild Foxglove (not a true foxglove) is one of the loveliest sights on the spring prairie. It spends most of the year as a small, insignificant rosette, then shoots up 1 to 1 1/2 foot stems a couple of weeks before blooming in the spring. The blooms are white to purple, and each is about 2 to 3 inches long. They will grow in part shade to full sun.
AT A GLANCE
|Water use||Low, medium|
|Sun exposure||Full sun to part sun|
|Mature height||1-2 ft|
|Attracts||Butterflies, hummingbirds, moths|
|Host plant||Dotted Checkerspot butterfly|
|Notes||Bumble and native bee friendly.|