Southern Beardtongue - Sandhill Beardtongue -
Eustis Lake Beardtongue
Penstemon australis Small
Plantaginaceae (Penstemon) Family

Photo courtesy Mike Carter, Pensacola, Fl.


The Eastern Smooth Beardtongue is known by several names, as noted above.

Plant is an upright, smooth to hairy perennial. Its preferred habitat is roadsides, prairies, pine lands, terrace soil, and wooded areas. distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part, no leaf stalk, lance-like to ovate, no teeth or scattered teeth, no lobes, acuminate.

The flowers are a panicle. The calyx is 5-lobed; the corolla bilabiate, with the upper lip 2-lobed and the lower lip 3-lobed. The flowers are white to pink, 4 stamens. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a capsule.

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