Penstemon digitalis, also known as White beardtounge, is a great mid-season flowering perennial that grows in wet meadows and open sunny areas. White beardtounge grows to be about 3-5' tall, with tall panicles of white flowers. The basal rosette is an attractive, low growing clump of dark green leaves with hues of purple on the underside. The beautiful flowers will turn into intricate seed heads, which dry standing upright, creating fall and winter interest.
Meadows, roadsides, and maybe even your own garden, are full to the brim with the glowing white panicles of Penstemon digitalis during early spring. Pollinators like bumblebees, sweat bees, hobomok skippers, swallowtail butterflies, and ruby-throated hummingbirds are attracted to these pollen-rich nectar sources. As spring blooms fade, Penstemon digitalis is a beacon of light, continually producing sequential flowers during the seasonal void. Even better, these beautiful flowers will turn into intricate seed heads, which will dry standing upright and create fall and winter interest. They are a good example of a plant that can wait to be cut back until the following spring. This gives the seeds a chance to disperse, and naturalize on their own, all while looking beautiful.