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PlantFiles: Eastern Penstemon, Hairy Beardtongue
Penstemon hirsutus

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Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: hirsutus (her-SOO-tus) (Info)

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

17 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens
Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Evergreen
Herbaceous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Buttoneer On May 22, 2011, Buttoneer from Carlisle, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I just dug up a plant from the wild last Saturday. It is now planted in my garden. I am very anxious to see how well it does for me because it is charming. Wish I had taken a picture of it in the wild.

Positive RosemaryA On May 29, 2010, RosemaryA from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

Hairy penstemon is a larval host for the beautiful Baltimore checkerspot butterfly.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Warren, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Milford, New Jersey
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Ogden, Utah
Santaquin, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia



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