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Penstemon hirsutus

Beardtongue - Hairy

Penstemon hirsutus, known commonly as Hairy Beardtongue, is a highly versatile perennial that gets its name for the hairy, protruding lower lip of the trumpet-shaped flowers on upright stalks, producing a showy display of soft lavender-violet from May through late June. The foliage of Hairy Beardtongue is the larval host for the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly, and the late spring flowers attract various bee species, hummingbirds, and other pollinating insects. The foliage puts on a lovely display of red color in the fall. Penstemon hirsutus is highly adaptable to both full sun and full shade, as well as both moist and dry soil conditions.

Height

18 Inches

Spread

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Lavender/Purple, Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone

3
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Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Fall Color - Attractive
Native
Native - Straight Species
Self-Seeds
Soil Conditions
Average
Dry
Moist
Sandy
Bloom Time
Spring
Summer
Exposure
Full Shade
Partial Shade/Shade Tolerant
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Pollinators
Tolerance
Clay Soil Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
Companion Plants to Penstemon hirsutus
Spotted Bee Balm Monarda punctata
Spotted Bee Balm
Bluestar Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud'
Bluestar
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