Description

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**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Prefers well-drained, loamy soil
  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerant of dry to medium moisture levels
  • Drought-tolerant once established
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-8

Features:

Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus) is an elegant perennial wildflower cherished for its upright spikes of tubular, lavender-blue flowers. This native plant is ideal for prairies, meadows, and garden borders, offering both beauty and ecological benefits. Its slender stems, adorned with hairy foliage and striking blooms, attract pollinators and add a touch of grace to naturalized landscapes.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Hairy Beardtongue can reach a height of 1 to 2 feet with a spread of 1 to 1.5 feet. Its narrow, lance-shaped leaves are covered in fine hairs, providing a silvery-green backdrop to the abundant flower spikes. The tubular flowers, with prominent stamens and delicate throats, bloom profusely from late spring to early summer, creating a picturesque display.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Hairy Beardtongue offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Pollinator Attraction: Its tubular flowers attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, enhancing pollination and promoting biodiversity in garden landscapes.
  • Erosion Control: The fibrous root system of Hairy Beardtongue helps stabilize soil, making it an excellent choice for planting on slopes and embankments.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The nectar-rich flowers provide food for pollinators, while the seeds attract birds and small mammals, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance.
  • Visual Appeal: With its slender form, hairy foliage, and abundant flower spikes, Hairy Beardtongue adds vertical interest and vibrant color to gardens, meadows, and naturalized areas, creating a visually appealing and dynamic environment.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Hairy Beardtongue is relatively low-maintenance, requiring occasional pruning to promote flowering. Its drought tolerance, adaptability, and ornamental value make it an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a resilient and attractive plant that enhances both the beauty and ecological integrity of their outdoor spaces.