Penstemon hirsutus

Hairy Beard-Tongue

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

The Beard-tongues that are native to the eastern United States, are primarily rock outcrop species. They seem to thrive on thin soil, good drainage, and open shade or full sun. While technically classified as perennials, we've found that excessive soil richness may result in a short life for a Penstemon. They receive their common name of Beard-tongue because of the tuft of yellow hairs just outside of the throats of the flowers which resemble delicate Snapdragons. Hairy Beard-tongue is a denizen of dry, rocky areas throughout much of the eastern United States. Lavender to white flowers are borne on 1 to 3 foot tall stems in early to mid-summer. It is the shortest of our four Penstemons. It prefers lean soil and full sun to part shade.



Roof Garden

Deer Resistant

Butterfly Plant

Hummingbird Plant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow



Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial          

Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny, Half and half,

Soil Condition

Average, Organic, Clay, Sandy,

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Dry,


full quart


12 to 24, 24 to 36



Flower Color

White/whitish, Lavender,

Bloom Time

Early summer, Mid summer,

Typical Height





6, 7, 8