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Dark Towers Beardtongue

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 3 - 4 Feet
  • Mature Spread 2 - 3 Feet
  • Growing Zones 5 - 8

Dark Towers Beardtongue is a beautiful flowering plant developed by Dale Lindgren at the University of Nebraska. The foliage is a deep purple that doesn't fade during summer waves. This plant is known for its tall spikes of pink flowers that bloom in the late spring and early summer. Its slender flower spikes can grow up to 3 feet in height. The flowers are tubular and have five lobes, each containing a pair of small, pointed ears. The plant gets its common name from the long, hairy stamens that protrude from the flowers, resembling a beard. 

Dark Towers has an upright, clump-forming growth habit and can reach heights of up to 4 feet. The dense purple foliage stays evergreen in winter. This plant is generally resistant to pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance choice for gardeners of all abilities. It is also drought tolerant, making it a good choice for areas with dry and hot conditions.

Dark Towers Beardtongue Care

Regarding care, the Dark Towers Beardtongue is relatively easy to grow. It prefers full sun, although it can tolerate partial sun. The Dark Towers Beardtongue prefers well-drained, sandy soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 but can tolerate various soil types as long as they are well draining. During the establishment phase, water Dark Towers regularly to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Once established, it is drought tolerant and does not require frequent supplemental watering. Feed this perennial in early spring with a single application of a granular, slow-release fertilizer.

Pruning is generally unnecessary, as Dark Towers has a naturally attractive and tidy growth habit. However, if the plant becomes overgrown or leggy, it can be lightly trimmed in mid-summer to encourage a fuller, more compact shape. Remove any tattered foliage in early spring to encourage new growth.

You can propagate the plant by division, which involves dividing the root ball of an established plant and planting the divisions in separate pots or areas of the garden. Pentstemon has dense roots and may require some deep digging to extract them. The best time to divide Dark Towers is late summer or early fall. 

Dark Towers Beardtongue Spacing

Space Dark Towers Beardtongue about 2-3 feet apart to allow for proper air circulation and room for the plants to grow. This will help to prevent overcrowding and promote healthy growth. You can also grow it in a container with a diameter of a least 16 inches.

Dark Towers Beardtongue Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Plant Type: Perennials
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 3 - 4 Feet
Mature Spread: 2 - 3 Feet
Spacing: 2 - 3 Feet
Habit: Upright, clump
Flower Color(s): Pink
Flower Description: Lavender
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green, Purple, Red
Foliage Description: Purple-Red
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought, Salt
Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest, Fragrant, Low Maintenance, Native to North America
Brand:
Common Name: Dark Towers Beardtongue
Other Name(s): Dark Towers Beardtongue
Scientific Name: Penstemon 'Dark Towers'
SKU:
1231008847-pc

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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