Shining Beardtongue

Also known as Smooth Blue Beardtongue

Botanical Name: Penstemon nitidus

Height: about 15 cm

Season of bloom: May

Growing Conditions: Full sun. Needs excellent drainage, especially in winter.

Wildlife benefits:

From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: No. Species occurs in the wild in the Canadian prairies as far east as southern Saskatchewan.

Remarks: An excellent candidate for hypertufa troughs. Intensity of blue colour varies among seed-grown individuals — the bests are a striking vivid blue — but all are beautiful.

Similar species: Dwarf Hairy Beardtongue, Mat Penstemon

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