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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.