Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1048

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common, endemic to the Southern Appalachians

Look for it in woodlands, cliffs, glades, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

map
To see a detailed map, click here

 

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

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pinkish/ Pale purplish/ Lavender (white toward the tube)
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
2-lipped 5-lobed tubular corolla
4 fertile stamens & 1 staminode bearded with yellow trichomes
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Penstemon smallii   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-14-001:
Penstemon smallii   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue


Click or hover over the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm090412_236

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm090412_236b

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

Tim Spira    tpspsmallii

May        

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm150607_249

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Lower bracts of inflorescence foliose, slightly smaller than cauline leaves, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm150607_250

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm150607_251

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm150607_254

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm150607_301

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm160610_934

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm160610_934b

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Capsule 6-9mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm160610_936

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Corolla 25-35 mm long, the throat inflated to 9-18mm in diameter, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm160610_941

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Thyrse leafy, spreading, with leaf-like bracts, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm160610_944

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Plant minutely downy; leaves just below inflorescence only slightly reduced, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

JK Marlow    jkm160610_946b

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Cauline lvs broadly lanceolate, evenly serrate; base wide, clasping, cordate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Penstemon smallii, Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue

Keith Bradley    kab_p_smallii_0630

June        NC