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Hairy Penstemon
Penstemon hirsutus

a.k.a. Hairy Beardtongue

Hairy Beardtongue has an earlier bloom time compared to other beardtongue species. Its clusters of lavender flowers attract bumblebees, butterflies, and hummingbirds during its bloom time from late May to late June. It is a versatile plant that can tolerate poor soil.

USDA symbol: PEHI

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 to 2 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorPurple
Hairy Penstemon (Hairy Penstemon<div><em class="small">Penstemon hirsutus</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience5
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, Fire Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsMay to June

Project Planning

Project TypeRestoration
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow