Penstemon multiflorus

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Manyflower Beardtongue


Also known as Penstemon digitalis var. multiflorus

Plant Specifics

Size:1.5 to 3 ft tall by 2-3 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Phenology:Blooms spring-fall. Dies back in winter to few (or no) basal leaves.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:
Propagation:From cuttings and seeds, will also slowly spread outward by producing "pups". Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:6.1 to 7.8



Said by Bok Tower to sometimes attract hummingbirds.

Seeds likely dispersed by wind.


Larval host to Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)

Attracts bees.

Native Habitats:Dry flatwoods, sandhill, ruderal areas. Well-drained upland habitats

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

This species is almost endemic to Florida.  Its range overlaps into southern Georgia and southeastern Alabama.

The range includes all of Florida though it is  only going to occur where soil, drainage, and fire conditions are appropriate.