Penstemon laevigatus Ait.

Fully hardy perennial with lance-shaped, toothed leaves, to 15cm, and tubular, pale violet flowers, to 2.5cm long, white or very pale violet inside, in summer.  To 1.2m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Pentstemon laevigata was cultivated in Dr Fothergill’s garden at Upton, in 1776; but has probably been long lost to our gardens, till it was lately again introduced by Messrs. Fraser.  At least, we have usually seen the narrow-leaved variety of pubescens passing under the name of this in our nurseries.’  [BM t.1425/1811].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [H.178/1843].


Published Sep 24, 2009 - 02:44 PM | Last updated Feb 18, 2010 - 05:20 PM

Figured are lance-shaped, toothed leaves and tubular, pale violet flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1425, 1811.

Penstemon laevigatus Ait. | BM t.1425/1811 | BHL

More details about Penstemon laevigatus Ait.
Family Scrophulariaceae
Region of origin

North America

Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Penstemon laevigatum 

Confidence level high