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Photo of Calico Beardtongue

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Calico Beardtongue (Penstemon calycosus)

Native perennial of woodlands, oak savannas, and moist meadows

Full to partial sun, moist to moderate conditions, and rich soil (plant anywhere)

Blooms pinkish-purple, June - July

Grows 1 - 3 ft.

Faunal Associations:

    • Long-tongued bees
    • Sphinx moths
    • Hummingbirds
    • Halictid bees

Fun Fact: The shape of the flower helps to dust bees with pollen when they try to reach the nectar at the back

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