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Penstemon australis coll. #A1FL-134

Eustis Lake Beardtongue

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Item #: 5342

Zones: 7a to 9b, at least

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

We discovered this wonderful form of the southeast native (Virginia through Florida) Penstemon australis (australis = south) in a dry sandy field in Washington County in the Florida Panhandle. This form is much more compact and floriferous than normal, making a dense, 1' wide clump of basal foliage, topped with dozens of 15" tall, hairy flower spikes throughout May. The spikes are each laden with dozens of white-lipped, mauve flowers. P. australis needs good drainage and no nearby competition to persist...a superb rock garden candidate.