Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1046

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in low meadows, bottomlands, forest edges, hammocks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White/ Pale violet
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
2-lipped 5-lobed tubular corolla
4 fertile stamens (anthers brown) & 1 staminode bearded w light yellow trichomes
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Brown
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Penstemon laevigatus   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Penstemon laevigatus   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 166-14-006:
Penstemon laevigatus   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Penstemon penstemon

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue


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image of Penstemon laevigatus, Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pepe17_001_lvd

        

image of Penstemon laevigatus, Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_laevigatus_0212

May    Catawba County    NC

Panicle narrow; the bracts reduced, not leaflike, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Penstemon laevigatus, Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_laevigatus

June        

Corolla purplish, unlined or feebly lined with purple on the rounded floor, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Penstemon laevigatus, Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_laevigatus_13

June        

image of Penstemon laevigatus, Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_laevigatus_13b

June        

May be separated from P. australis or P. multiflorus by its dilated throat, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.