Common Name: Beardtongue Penstemon Blackbeard

Height:28.0-34.0 Inches

Spread:24.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones:3,4,5,6,7,8


Flower Color:Pink shades

Foliage Color:Near-black shades

Sunlight:Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements:Low Water NeedsAverage Water Needs


Soil Quality:Average Soil QualityFertile Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry:Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)

Bloomtime:Early SummerMidsummer

Attracts Wings:Attracts HummingbirdsBee Friendly


Growth Rate:Medium

Garden Style:CottageEclecticPrairieRock Garden

Other Features:Border PlantCut FlowerCut FoliageDrought TolerantEasy To GrowMass PlantingSalt Tolerant

Origin:Native to North America


Blackbeard was a famous English pirate known for his black facial hair. The name of this hardy perennial is a play on words from the common name for Penstemon, Beardtongue. The dark feature referenced on this plant is its incredible foliage. Dark purple flower stems hold its lilac purple flowers with their white flaring tubes high above the low mound of deep eggplant purple leaves. Attractive dark burgundy seed pods follow the flowering performance for extended seasonal interest. ‘Blackbeard’ stays strictly upright all season long with no lodging.

Like all of our Penstemons, this one takes the heat and humidity in stride but is also very cold hardy.  It continues to provide terrific color in the landscape all season long.