Phonetic: PEN-stem-on her-SOO-tus
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. Hairy Beardtongue is low growing 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.
- Hardiness Zones: 3-9
- Native Northeast Region: USDA Database
- Sun Exposure: Full Sun To Shade
- Flower Color: Purple
- Bloom Time: May, June
- Soil Type: Moist To Dry
- Mature Plant Size: 1.5'H, 1'W
- Plant Spacing: 1'
- Host Plant: Baltimore Checkerspot
- Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
- Advantages: Drought and clay soil tolerant, deer resistant, cut flower
- Landscape Uses: Rock gardens, shade gardens, rain gardens, water's edge
- Companion Plants: Blue Wild Indigo, Native Bergamot, Dense Blazing Star, Black Eyed Susan
- Deer Resistant