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Penstemon hirsutus

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Common Name:  Hairy Beardtongue

Full to part sun, moderately wet to dry moisture level, prefers sandy soil but adaptable to most soils including clay.  16-24 inches height, blooms late spring to early summer, purple/pink flowers.

Germination Code: C(60), D

Native Region: Limited to northern half of the Interior Low Plateaus (Highland Rim and Interior Basin provinces) and to Meigs County in Ridge and Valley Province

Elegant lavender and white blooms on a plant with high drought resistance. Easy to grow.  Can distinguish from other penstemons by the downy stem.  Well-drained soil is essential.  Excessive soil richness may result in plant die-off.

Hairy Beardtongue - Penstemon hirsutus 3
Photo Courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery http://www.prairiemoon.com/
Hairy Beardtongue - Penstemon hirsutus 2
Photo Courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery http://www.prairiemoon.com/