Penstemon cobaea (Prairie Penstemon)
Also known as Prairie Beardtongue, False Foxglove, Wild Foxglove.
One of the showiest native penstemons, Prairie Penstemon features large, tubular flowers that vary in color from almost white to purple. 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.|