Martin, Edwin M.
Penstemon hirsutus (L.) Willd.
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Erect, hairy stems, usually several from the same rhizome,
are 16-24 in. tall. Leaves are oblong. A woolly-stemmed plant with open, stalked clusters of lavender, trumpet-shaped flowers with white lips. The tubular, lipped flowers are very slender, about an inch long, and pale-violet flowers. The mouth is nearly closed by the arched base of the lower lip.
The Beardtongues are a very large group, and taxonomically so complex that separating the species is often difficult. This species is readily distinguished, however, by the downy nature of the stem. The common and scientific names refer to the tufted sterile stamen.
Image Gallery: 8 photo(s) available
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
AL , CT , DE , IL , IN , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , TN , VT , VA , WV , WI , DC Canada: ON
, QC Native Distribution:
ME to WI, s. to VA & KY Native Habitat:
Dry woods; rocky fields; bluffs USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Thin, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Wildlife: Hummingbirds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for: