Hairy Beardtongue

Penstemon hirsutus

A versatile native for garden and landscape, this diminutive penstemon is very tough and adaptable to a range of well-drained soils, in full sun and partial shade. Typically found in rocky fields, bluffs, or open woods and drier sites, it does well in average clay or any medium garden soil, as well…

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Plants 3" Pots
1-4 $6.99 ea.
5-10 $5.99 ea.
11-31 $4.99 ea.
32+ $3.99 ea.
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SKU
36750-03
Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Dry, Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial
Height 1' – 2'
Bloom Color Lavender, Pink
Bloom Time May, June
Spacing 1'
Hardiness Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Root Type Rhizome
Benefits Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Host Plant, Deer Resistant

A versatile native for garden and landscape, this diminutive penstemon is very tough and adaptable to a range of well-drained soils, in full sun and partial shade. Typically found in rocky fields, bluffs, or open woods and drier sites, it does well in average clay or any medium garden soil, as well.

Hairy Beardtongue is low growing, only 1 – 2 feet tall, with woolly stems that are sometimes reddish in color. In early summer, airy clusters of delicate tubular flowers appear on the top half of the plant in various shades of lavender. The leaves turn a beautiful red in the fall.

The blooms attract a range of pollinators as well as hummingbirds. Penstemon hirsutus is a larval host plants for several butterflies, including the Baltimore Checkerspot.