Beardtongue Penstemon 'Apple Blossom'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
penstemon 'Apple Blossom'


The Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' is a charming plant renowned for its distinctive flowers and foliage. The blooms are particularly captivating, resembling the soft pink hue of apple blossoms, hence the name. Each flower is shaped like a slender bell with a wide opening and exhibits a pale pink to almost white color, often with a subtle gradient. Standing out against the flowers, the foliage is typically lance-shaped and arranged neatly along the stems, providing a lush green backdrop that makes the pink shades pop. The leaves are usually dark green, some might have a slight blue-green tint, forming a nice contrast with the delicate flowers. The plant has a bushy habit with erect stems that carry the flowers aloft, presenting them in a striking display that is both vertical and dense. The floral arrangements on the stems are not random; they are typically grouped in clusters that create a profuse blooming effect during the flowering season. Furthermore, the flowers are tubular and may boast a slightly two-lipped appearance, which is commonly associated with this type of plant. The throat of the flower, or the inside part of the bloom, may sometimes exhibit fine hairs. The attractiveness of Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' is heightened by the fact that when it blooms, it does so with vigor, producing an abundance of flowers that can cover the plant, creating a spectacular show in a garden setting.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Beardtongue, Apple Blossom Penstemon

    • Common names

      Penstemon 'Apple Blossom'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Penstemon 'Apple Blossom', commonly known as Beardtongue, is generally considered non-toxic to humans. There are no significant symptoms of poisoning associated with this plant because it is not known to have toxic properties that affect humans when any part of the plant is ingested.

    • To pets

      Beardtongue is also generally considered non-toxic to pets. It is not known to cause any severe symptoms of poisoning in animals such as cats and dogs. Ingesting parts of this plant should not result in toxic consequences for your pets. However, it is always prudent to prevent pets from eating plants as individual animals might have different sensitivities or allergic reactions.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' is known to attract bees and butterflies, which are essential for pollination.
    • Drought Tolerance: This plant has good drought tolerance once established, meaning it requires less water and maintenance.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: With its delicate pink flowers, it adds a splash of color and beauty to gardens and landscapes.
    • Long Blooming Period: Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' has a long flowering season, often from late spring to early fall.
    • Deer Resistance: This variety is less appealing to deer, reducing the risk of damage from grazing.
    • Easy to Grow: It is generally easy to cultivate in well-drained soils and is relatively low-maintenance.
    • Versatility: Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' is suitable for borders, rock gardens, and as a cut flower, providing various landscaping uses.
    • Hardiness: The plant is hardy in a range of climates, capable of surviving cold winters in many regions.
    • Erosion Control: Its root system can help stabilize soil and reduce erosion on slopes.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Hummingbird Attractor: Penstemon Apple Blossom's vibrant flowers are known to attract hummingbirds, making it an ideal plant for a bird-friendly garden.
    • Butterfly Garden Plant: The flowers serve as a nectar source for butterflies, thus it can be included in butterfly gardens to promote biodiversity.
    • Photography Subject: Due to its picturesque blooms, gardeners may plant Penstemon Apple Blossom as a subject for botanical photography.
    • Educational Tool: it can be used in educational settings to teach botany or horticulture, showcasing plant structure and pollination mechanisms.
    • Landscape Design: Their tall, spiky form can be used to create vertical interest or contrast in a garden design.
    • Natural Dye Source: The blossoms may potentially be used to create natural dyes for textiles or crafts, although specific recipes may be uncommon.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The beauty of the plant can inspire artists and be featured in paintings, illustrations, or other art forms.
    • Themes Gardens: It can be featured in thematic gardens, such as 'cottage' or 'vintage' style landscapes, for its delicate and classic flower appearance.
    • Cut Flower Arrangements: Fresh or dried, the stems can add height and a delicate touch to floral arrangements.
    • Seasonal Celebrations: It can be incorporated into festive decorations due to its spring bloom, symbolizing renewal or new beginnings.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Penstemon is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Penstemon is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Endurance: Penstemons are known for their ability to survive in tough conditions, representing the human quality of enduring hardships.
    • Health: The robust nature of the plant and its vibrant flowers symbolize well-being and vitality.
    • Attraction: With their brightly colored flowers, Penstemons symbolize charm and the power of attraction, often associated with positive interactions and relationships.
    • Diversity: The variety of Penstemon species and their adaptability to different environments represent diversity and the beauty of various forms of existence.

Every 1-2 weeks
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Beardtongue should be watered deeply once every week or two, depending on the climate and soil moisture levels, ensuring that you provide about one inch of water each time. During the hot summer months, you might need to water more frequently to maintain consistent soil moisture, but always allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Water directly at the base of the plant and avoid overhead watering to minimize the risk of leaf diseases. It's important not to overwater as Beardtongue plants prefer well-draining soil and can be susceptible to root rot if the soil is too wet.

  • sunLight

    Beardtongue thrives in full sunlight, receiving at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. Plant it in a location where it can enjoy unobstructed sun exposure for the majority of the day. If you are in an extremely hot climate, some afternoon shade will help prevent scorching, but generally, Beardtongue prefers as much sun as possible to bloom prolifically.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Beardtongue can survive in a temperature range from well below freezing to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It prefers moderate temperatures and will do best in conditions that typically range between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. These temperature ranges are conducive to its growth and flowering, reflecting its adaptability to various climates across USDA hardiness zones.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Beardtongue is important for encouraging bushier growth and more flowers. Trim the plant back in early spring to promote new growth, and deadhead spent flowers regularly during the blooming season to encourage continuous blooms. Pruning is also necessary after flowering to maintain an attractive shape and to prevent the plant from becoming too leggy. Best done after the main blooming period, complete pruning before the onset of winter.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Beardtongue 'Apple Blossom' thrives in well-draining, loamy soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. A mixture containing equal parts garden soil, sand, and compost is ideal to ensure adequate drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Beardtongue 'Apple Blossom' should be repotted every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current container, typically in the spring before new growth begins.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Beardtongue 'Apple Blossom' prefers moderate humidity levels but is quite adaptable to various conditions as it is drought-resistant once established. Avoid overly humid conditions to prevent disease.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sunny spot with well-drained soil; mulch to retain moisture.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Penstemon 'Apple Blossom', also known as Beardtongue, begins its life cycle when seeds are dispersed into suitable soil in late summer or fall. These seeds then typically undergo a period of cold stratification during the winter, which breaks seed dormancy and promotes spring germination. After germination, seedlings grow into vegetative plants, developing a rosette of leaves at the base and then sending up flowering stems. Flowers generally appear in late spring to early summer and are tubular, pale pink to white blossoms usually pollinated by bees and other insects. Following pollination, the flowers develop into small capsules containing numerous seeds, which mature and are subsequently released to start the next generation. Beardtongue is a perennial plant, allowing the base rosette to overwinter and regrow for several years, continuing the cycle of flowering and seed production annually.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagating Penstemon 'Apple Blossom', commonly known as Beardtongue, is through stem cuttings. Ideally, this should be done in the late spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. Take a cutting of about 3 to 5 inches (approximately 7.5 to 12.5 cm) from a healthy stem, making sure it includes a few leaf nodes. Strip the leaves from the lower half of the cutting and dip the cut end into rooting hormone to encourage root development. Place the cutting in a well-draining soil mix, ensuring that at least one or two nodes are buried where roots can form. Keep the cutting moist and in bright, indirect light until roots develop, which can take several weeks. Once rooted, the new plants can be transplanted into individual pots or into a suitable location in the garden.