Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1045

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas

Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Common

Look for it in alluvial forests, moist fields, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
2-lipped 5-lobed tubular corolla
4 fertile stamens (anthers purple) & 1 staminode bearded with white trichomes
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Brown
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Penstemon digitalis   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Penstemon digitalis   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-14-005:
Penstemon digitalis   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Foxglove Beardtongue, Tall White Beardtongue


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image of Penstemon digitalis, Foxglove Beardtongue, Tall White Beardtongue

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pedi_001_lvd

        

image of Penstemon digitalis, Foxglove Beardtongue, Tall White Beardtongue

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_pedi_009_lvd

        

image of Penstemon digitalis, Foxglove Beardtongue, Tall White Beardtongue

Will Stuart    wil_8441965916_4561ce9196

May    Durham County    NC

Blomquist Gardens

The floral tube flares abruptly; the 4 functional anthers are dark brown, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

image of Penstemon digitalis, Foxglove Beardtongue, Tall White Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm160610_967

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Cauline leaves 6.5-21cm long, 1.7-4.6cm wide, apices subacuminate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Penstemon digitalis, Foxglove Beardtongue, Tall White Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm160610_972

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Capsule 8-12mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Penstemon digitalis, Foxglove Beardtongue, Tall White Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm160610_974

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Leaves glabrous, subcoriaeceous, denticulate to subentire, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Penstemon digitalis, Foxglove Beardtongue, Tall White Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm160610_980

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Stem leaves tend to be widely spaced & at right angles to pair above & below, per www.minnesotawildflowers.info.