Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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  • Foxglove Beardtongue

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Penstemon digitalis

    COMMON NAMES: Foxglove Beardtongue, Foxglove Penstemon, Wild Beardtongue, Tall White Beardtongue,

    Mississippi Penstemon, Smooth White Beardtongue, Talus Slope Penstemon, Talus Slope Beardtongue, & Beardtongue

    BLOOM TIME: June, July


    • Plants grow 3 to 5 foot tall.
    • Deer will not eat the plants making them deer resistant.
    • Flowers look like gloves for fingers that perfectly fit the paws of foxes and other small animals.
    • Native Americans used an infusion of the roots for colds, cough, consumption, toothaches, and pounded leaves to treat rattlesnake bites.
    • Flowers have no smell.


    • The tubular flowers attract honeybees, bumblebees, Miner bees, Mason bees, and large Leaf-Cutting bees.
    • Sometimes, butterflies, Sphinx moths and hummingbirds are attracted.