Beard-Tongue or Bearded-Tongue – Penstemon barbatus and P. spp. Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Beard-Tongue or Bearded-Tongue Botanical Name: Penstemon barbatus and P. spp., pen-STE-mon or PEN-ste-mon bar-BA-tus Decorative Life: 3-8 days. Flower Color: Pink, Red, White Family Roots: As a member of the Scrophulariaceae (figwort family), it has as common relatives Calceolaria, Veronica, Verbascum, Chelone, foxglove, snapdragon, and Angelonia. Native to Southwestern US including Utah to New Mexico, Arizona and Northern Mexico. Personality: Stems to 3 plus feet, smooth at top and somewhat hairy at base. Leaves are opposite with the lower leaves having petioles and the top ones without or sessiled. Flowers showy on spikes, have 2 upper and 3 lower lobes with the fifth sterile stamen hairy (bearded) at base, giving rise to its common names, Bearded- or Beard-Tongue. Storage Specifics: Believed to be in the mid to low 30s F but more research is needed. Tidbits: From the Greek “pente” meaning five and “stemon” for stamen, referring to the prominent fifth stamen that is sterile. Presently better known as a garden herbaceous perennial than as a cut flower.