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Hairy or northern beardtongue

Penstamon hirstus


Plant Type


Hardiness Zone

3 - 8

Flower Color


Bloom Period

June through September

Height at Maturity

18 inches

Width at Maturity

6 - 12 inches

Sun Requirements

Full sun, tolerates part shade

Soil Type

Well drained clay, loam, sandy

About this species:

The Northern Beardtongue or Hairy Beardtongue is a native perennial of the northeast that attracts long tongued bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.  It is also a larval host for three species of butterflies.  Slugs and snails snack on its leaves.  The fallen seeds of this plant will be eaten by birds later in the seasons.

Foxglove is resistant to deer and cn be poisonous to other animals and pets if they eat too much.

Both common names are acceptable

This beardtongue is landscape friendly and does not spread aggressively by reseeding.  Its flowers form clumps and the more sun it receives the more blooms it will have.  Thisperennial will fill in color gaps between tulips and other summer perennials.  Its stalk stands straight and does not droop.  The white hairs on its reddish brown stem gives it the name common name: hairy.  Keep in mind that heavy snows may produce root rot.


Key to Label Symbols:

Hollow stems, leaves and roots are sources of shelter for wildlife. Insects may make a winter home under dropped leaves. Other animals may make shelters within the roots of the plant.
Food Source
Birds and other wildlife use the seeds, berries and leaves for their food source. Leaves may be used to help build nests for birds
Nectar Source
Bees, butterflies, birds and some insects use nectar for their food. Pollen is also used by some wildlife.
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