Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Penstemon hirsutus - Hairy Beardtongue

Ohio Native Plant Natural Range

Penstemon hirsutus

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has a wonderful map showing the natural range of Hairy Beardtongue.

It is considered endangered in the state of Massachusetts and give Special Concern status by the state of Wisconsin.

Penstemon hirsutus look like purple and white bells
Hairy Beardtongue

Wildlife Significance - Hairy Beardtongue

Nectar Source - Butterflies

Native Bees -
Attracts a wide range of native bees

-Attracts Hummingbirds

Host Plant - For the caterpillar of the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly

Detailed information
- Visit the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society
Penstemon hirsutus
Penstemon hirsutus
Bluebird sitting on a Bluebird house in the middle of wildflower garden
Bluebirds located a continous supply of insects and a home in Roger's native plant garden

Cultivation Information

Hairy Beardtongue

Height - 16 inches 
Flower Color - Purple
Blooms - May - June
Sun - Full sun, part shade, shade

Hardy Zone - 3-9
Soil - Well drained - medium to dry

Family – Scrophulariaceae 
 purple and yellow Hairy Beardtongue
Hairy Beardtongue - Nodding Onion Gardens

Propagation Notes - Hairy beardtongue

Seed Stratification - Seed requires 60 days cold moist storage or plant seed in the fall. It is important to protect seed planted outdoors from heavy snow and rain. Cold frames either fancy ones or those made from old windows will suffice. It is imperative that once checks soil moisture in cold frames during winter warm spells, seed may not germinate if allowed to dry out. 

Seed Provenance - Penstemon hirsutus -

Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2012 -Nodding Onion Gardens 2014 - Present