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Penstemon hirsutus

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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

Height: 1'-2'

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

Penstemon hirsutus (hairy beardtongue)
  • Penstemon hirsutus (hairy beardtongue)
  • Penstemon hirsutus (hairy beardtongue)
  • Penstemon hirsutus (hairy beardtongue)
  • Penstemon hirsutus (hairy beardtongue)

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Description

Penstemon hirsutus

Also known as:

hairy beardtongue

,

northeastern beard-tongue

Scientific Synonyms:

Penstemon pubescens var. pygmaeus, Penstemon pubescens var. minimus

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

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.

Additional Notes

Penstemon hirsutus is attractive to bees, bumble bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Scrophulariales
Family Scrophulariaceae Figwort family
Genus Pentsemon beardtongue
Species Penstemon hirsutus hairy beardtongue