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"The Calico Beardtongue plant has the same form as the more common Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis) but it has pink flowers and can tolerate more shade.


"Calico Beardtongue prefers rich loamy soils, and moist to mesic conditions. Calico Beardtongue can be found in open rocky woodlands, oak savannas, black soil prairies, and moist meadows. Long-tongued bees are the most frequent pollinators, but other visitors include honeybees, bumblebees, mason bees, and leaf-cutting bees. Hummingbirds sometimes visit the Penstemons as well." (Description via, our seed source.) Grows to 3 feet high, and blooms in June/July.


Each year, we grow four-packs of native tall-grass prairie plants to help you build your Ohio pollinator habitat. Our plants are healthy and vigorous, and you won't find a better price for this combination! And each year that you shop the CGS Prairie 4-Pack plant sale, your own garden grows in biodiversity and beauty.


NEW CLEARANCE PRICE - was $18, now $12 per 4-pack!


  • Pickup is at the Columbus Garden School, 1350 E. Cooke Rd, Columbus OH 43224.


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[Grown locally at CGS. Plant photos are from our seed source, See their website for a detailed description of each plant. Four-pack/tray photos may not hold the same plants being sold but shows the containers we use.]

Calico Beardtongue 4-pack (Penstemon calycosus)

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  • Pick up is at the Columbus Garden School (1350 E. Cooke Rd, Columbus OH 43224). We do not ship plants; delivery may be possible for large orders.

    Please prearrange a time window to pick up your purchase by emailing us at or texting (614) 404-7236 first.

    Inspect your purchase carefully before you leave the garden school. All sales are final.