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Penstemon 'Blackbeard' (beardtongue)
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Penstemon 'Blackbeard' PPAF


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. -Walter's Gardens

Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Named after the infamous English pirate Blackbeard, Penstemon 'Blackbeard' has the darkest of eggplant foliage with bright lilac-purple flowers rising high above and standing tall. With a long season of interest and a magnet for hummingbirds and bees, this Walter's Gardens introduction is sure to cause a delightful cry of 'Shiver me timbers!' 

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28-34 Inches


24 Inches


12-24 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Penstemon 'Blackbeard' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Penstemons should be grown in full sun and very well-drained soil to avoid root rot. Soil fertility need only be average, but a light mulch in winter is recommended. Use Penstemons in the border, for naturalizing, and for cut flowers.

Good Substitutions

beardtongue Penstemon digitalis
beardtongue Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Ornamental Foliage
Native to North America