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Hairy Beardstongue

Penstemon hirsutus

Photo: Hairy Beardstongue

Hairy Beardstongue

General description

Native in the USA in rocky woods and fields.  Erect, hairy stems, usually several from the same rhizome, are 16-24 in. tall. Leaves are oblong. A woolly-stemmed plant with open, stalked clusters of lavender, trumpet-shaped flowers with white lips. The tubular, lipped flowers are very slender, about an inch long, and pale-violet flowers. The mouth is nearly closed by the arched base of the lower lip.

Attracts hummingbirds and native bees.

Plant requirements

Dry woods; rocky fields; bluffs

Dry thin soils in sun to part shade.

Maintenance

Reseeds but not annoyingly so.

Properties

Height
0 - 50 cm
Color
Soil type
Any
Sunlight
Full sun, Partial shade
PH
Acid, Alkaline
Moisture
Well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy