Eastern Penstemon, Hairy Beardtongue
Penstemon hirsutus

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

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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