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Hairy beard-tongue

  • Native Plants,
  • Annuals, perennials and bulbs
Penstemon hirsutus
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Stéphane Bailleul)
Penstemon hirsutus
  • Penstemon hirsutus
  • Penstemon hirsutus



Origin and description

Perennial native to Québec. Its springtime flowering attracts a number of insects beneficial to a garden. The foliage turns red in the fall. This is an interesting species for rock gardens.

Height: 30 to 45 cm
Width: 20 cm
Blooms: mauve, May to June
Attractions for wildlife: attracts butterflies, pollinators and hummingbirds

Common name

Hairy beard-tongue

Latin name (genus)

Penstemon hirsutus

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Plantaginaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: sun, semi-shade
Soil type: fresh or dry, well-drained


  • Zone 4

See also

Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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