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Penstemon hirsutus

Hairy Beardtongue

This is a very easy to grow Penstemon since it is so adaptable.  Grows in Full Sun to Full Shade in moist to dry locations.  Hairy stems give it its name.  Flowers purple from May to June.  


18 inches


10-12 inches


10-12 in

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Penstemon hirsutus Characteristics


  • Full Sun to Full Shade

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Attracts Wildlife

  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Dry


  • Rock Garden
  • Naturalizing
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Cut Flower
  • Rain Garden
  • Clay Soil

Flowering Months

  • June
  • May

Foliage Color

  • Green

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Summer
  • Spring

Growth Rate

  • Medium

Salt Tolerance

  • Medium

Plants that work well with Penstemon hirsutus ''

American beach grass American beach grass (Ammophilia breviligulata)
Shining bluestar Shining bluestar (Amsonia illustris)
Bluestar, Blue Dogbane Bluestar, Blue Dogbane (Amsonia tabernaemontana)
Willow leaf Bluestar Willow leaf Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana v. salicifolia)
Bluestar Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontani 'Grande')
Cherokee sedge Cherokee sedge (Carex cherokeensis)
Horsemint Horsemint (Monarda punctata)

Substitutions for Penstemon hirsutus

Smalls penstemon Smalls penstemon (Penstemon smallii)