Highlands Biological Station is open to visitors. Masks are still required in the Nature Center, but are no longer required on campus, including the Botanical Garden. Highlands Biological Station is offering academic and public programming this summer. For the safety of the HBS summer community, before being permitted to work or study at HBS prospective summer students, teaching faculty, and researchers must provide documentation of (1) having received a Covid-19 vaccine or (2) a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of planned arrival.

Penstemon digitalis

Penstemon digitalis

Foxglove

Plantaginaceae

Penstemon digitalis, commonly called “foxglove” or beard tongue” is a white flowering native perennial. The flowers themselves are tubular shaped, which attract pollinators with long proboscis including, bumble bees (Bombus sp.), miner bees (Andrena sp.), and leaf-cutting bees (Megachilidae sp.). While hummingbirds typically prefer vibrant colored tubular flowers, you might also spot one or two small winged visitors. Bloom color can also be tinged purple or pink in some cases.