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Hairy Beardtongue

Scientific name

Penstemon hirsutus


Hairy Beardtongue is a perennial wildflower that grows about 30-60 cm in height. The leaves are oppositely arranged, lance shaped, and have toothed margins. The flowers are showy, trumpet shaped, pale purple or blueish white colored, tubular with hairy white lips, and bloom between May and June. The stems are very hairy, which distinguish it from other Beardtongune species. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, like bees and hummingbirds.

Planting conditions

Hairy Beardtongue grows best in normal to moist conditions with full sun exposure. It prefers well-drained loam or sand soil types. It is tolerant to shade, rocky soil, and deer grazing. This wildflower can be naturally found in open fields, prairies, and along dry upland shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 30-60 cm
  • Spread:
    • 1 m