Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: average, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: May, June, July
Bloom Color: purple, pink, lilac
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, cottage garden plant, drought tolerant, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant
Pricing & Availability
Penstemon hirsutusAlso known as:
Penstemon pubescens var. pygmaeus, Penstemon pubescens var. minimus
Penstemon hirsutus is a flowering herbaceous perennial with lance-shaped, opposite, stalkless leaves, that are 2" to 4" long. Each plant will produce several erect flowering stalks that grow to a height of 24" or more, and are distinctly hairy. Hence the name hirsutus. The flowers are produced in open clusters on the upper part of the stems. They vary in color from pinkish to pale-violet, are tubular but asymmetrical, with a protruding hairy lower lip, hence the common name beardtongue. Flowers give way to 3/8" long seed capsules.
An easy to grow and trouble free plant. Hairy beardtongue is adapted to average, moist to dry conditions, in full sun to open shade. It tolerates thin soil, and once established, mature plants are drought resistant. It is a versatile species and an excellent choice for cottage gardens, rock gardens, butterfly gardens, and even roof-top gardens. Zones 4-7
Best propagated from seed. A period of cold, moist stratification will increase germination rates. Plants started in spring, will not reach flowering maturity until summer of the following year.
Penstemon hirsutus is attractive to bees, bumble bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
CT, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: MA
- Special Concern: RI
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