Penstemon hirsutus (L.) Willd.
Hairy Penstemon, Hairy Beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Penstemon hirsutus var. minimus, Penstemon hirsutus var. pygmaeus
USDA Symbol: pehi
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AL , CT , DC , DE , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: ON , QC
Native Distribution: ME to WI, s. to VA & KY
Native Habitat: Dry woods; rocky fields; bluffs
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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
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Adult Food Source
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon hirsutus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon hirsutus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon hirsutus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-03-19
Research By: TWC Staff