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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
Hairy Beardtongue

Wildlife Significance

Hairy Beardtongue

Nectar Source - Butterflies

Native Bees -
Attracts a wide range of native bees

Birds
-Attracts Hummingbirds


Host Plant - For the caterpillar of the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly

Detailed information
- Visit the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society

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. 
Penstemon hirsutus
Penstemon hirsutus

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 
Hairy Beardtongue
Hairy Beardtongue - Nodding Onion Gardens
Seed Provenance - Penstemon hirsutus - Hairy Beardtongue - Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2012 -Nodding Onion Gardens 2014 - Present