Plant Care Foxglove Beardtongue

Foxglove Beardtongue

About Foxglove Beardtongue

Foxglove Beardtongue is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Foxglove Beardtongue likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Foxglove Beardtongue belongs to the Penstemon genus, and is native to the Central and Eastern United States.


Penstemon digitalis

Also known as

Smooth penstemon, foxglove beard-tongue, talus slope penstemon and white beardtongue

How to care for Foxglove Beardtongue

💦 Water

How often to water your Foxglove Beardtongue

Water needs for Foxglove Beardtongue
0.5 cups
every 9

Foxglove Beardtongue needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Foxglove Beardtongue

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Foxglove Beardtongue in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Foxglove Beardtongue: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Foxglove Beardtongue love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Foxglove Beardtongue does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Foxglove Beardtongue in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Foxglove Beardtongue

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Foxglove Beardtongue: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Foxglove Beardtongue after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Foxglove Beardtongue is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

💦 Water Needs

Foxglove Beardtongue prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Foxglove Beardtongue requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

🪴 Soil

Foxglove Beardtongue does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

💩 Fertilizer

Foxglove Beardtongue should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Foxglove Beardtongue grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Foxglove Beardtongue can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Foxglove Beardtongue

Foxglove Beardtongue

Foxglove Beardtongue

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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