A.k.a. foxglove beardtongue! A generally adaptable plant topped with white foxglove-like flowers. Resistant to deer and rabbits, and attractive to long-tongued bees and hummingbirds!
Note that this species is in the genus Penstemon species digitalis. It is not the ‘foxglove’ that most people are familiar with in formal gardens, which belong to the genus Digitalis. Foxglove penstemon was names after the genus Digitalis, in both their common and scientific names, due to their similar flower shape. This unfortunately means information about them is often confused.
This plant, foxglove penstemon, may cause problems if regularly ingested by dogs, but is not on the ASPCA’s toxic plant list as of 2023. So generally a nonissue, but put it off if you have a puppy and skip it if you have a dog that compulsively munches plants.
Plants in the Digitalis genus, which are not the plant in this listing but are nonnatives commonly used in formal gardening, are dangerously toxic to dogs and should be absolutely be avoided in areas accessible to dogs.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic
Soil Type: Loam
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun-Jul
Root Type: Rhizome
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract mainly long-tongued bees, but also other bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and sphinx moths. Hosts the chalcedony midget moth. Rarely browsed by mammals.