Flower Color:Pink shades
Foliage Color:Near-black shades
Sunlight:Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Water Requirements:Low Water Needs, Average Water Needs
Soil Quality:Average Soil Quality, Fertile Soil Quality
Soil Chemistry:Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Bloomtime:Early Summer, Midsummer
Attracts Wings:Attracts Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly
Garden Style:Cottage, Eclectic, Prairie, Rock Garden
Other Features:Border Plant, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Drought Tolerant, Easy To Grow, Mass Planting, Salt 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.