Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1046

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in low meadows, bottomlands, forest edges, hammocks, per Weakley's Flora

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

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White/ Pale violet
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
2-lipped 5-lobed tubular corolla
4 fertile stamens (anthers brown) & 1 staminode bearded w light yellow 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 laevigatus   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Penstemon laevigatus   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-14-006:
Penstemon laevigatus   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Penstemon penstemon

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pepe17_001_lvd

        

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_laevigatus_0212

May    Catawba County    NC

Panicle narrow; the bracts reduced, not leaflike, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_laevigatus_0822

May    Catawba County    NC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_laevigatus

June        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_laevigatus_13

June        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_laevigatus_13b

June        

May be separated from P. australis or P. multiflorus by its dilated throat, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.