PENSTEMON hirsutus (Hairy Beardtongue) is a perennial flowering plant native to eastern and central North America. It belongs to the genus Penstemon in the family Plantaginaceae. Hairy Beardtongue is native to a wide range of habitats, including open woodlands, meadows, prairies, and rocky slopes. It can be found in regions of eastern and central North America, ranging from Canada down to Texas and Florida.
Hairy Beardtongue is a medium-sized plant that typically grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 centimeters). It has hairy stems and lance-shaped leaves that are gray-green in color. The leaves have a slightly rough texture. This species is adaptable to various soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. It prefers well-drained soil conditions. Hairy Beardtongue can tolerate both sun and partial shade, but it tends to bloom more profusely in full sun.
The plant produces tubular flowers that are typically lavender, purple, or occasionally white in color. The flowers have two lips, with the lower lip often having small hairs or beards. They are arranged in dense spikes or clusters at the top of the stems. Blooming usually occurs in late spring to early summer. The tubular flowers of Hairy Beardtongue attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. They are particularly attractive to long-tongued bees, which are the primary pollinators for this species.
Hairy Beardtongue is a popular choice for native plant gardens, wildflower meadows, and pollinator-friendly landscapes. It adds a splash of color and attracts beneficial insects. It can be grown from seeds or purchased as nursery-grown plants.
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Scientific Name: Penstemon Hirsutus
Common Name: Hairy Beardtongue
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: Eastern Canada and the United States
Height: 16 to 24 "
Spread: 8 to 20 "
Habitat: Dry woods, Rocky fields, Bluffs
Exposure: Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Blooming Season: June, July
Resistant: Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Characteristics: Showy, Fragrant
Flower Shape: Trumpet
Flower Color: Pink, Purple
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Thin well-drained soil
Soil pH: Slightly acid (6.1-6.5), Neutral (6.6 to 7.3)
Advantage: Easy to grow
Uses: Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Informal and Cottage, Rock Gardens