General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 - 18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies

Common names
  • Hairy Beardtongue
  • Eastern Penstemon
  • Beard Tongue
  • Pride of the Mountain
  • Penstemon

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Location: my garden, Utah
Date: 2020-05-26
Location: my garden, Utah
Date: 2019-05-31

Date: 2012-05-18
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-05-22
Location: Oregon
Date: spring 2012
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-06-09
Location: western Oregon
Date: spring 2014
Location: IL
Date: 2013-05-30

Photo Credit: Vernon Jenewein Vljenewein

Date: 2012-05-18
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-05-22
Location: IL
Date: 2014-06-02
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-06-05

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-26
small patch in part-shade
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-26
close-up of flowers

Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
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Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 2, 2019 7:52 PM concerning plant:
    This lovely species in native from Maine to Wisconsin south to Kentucky and Virginia in dry open woods, rocky fields and bluffs. It is recognized by its soft hairy stems and its hairy protruding lip from the 5 petal, trumpet-like, pale purple to pink to white flowers with white lips. Its leaves are opposite, lance-leaved with toothed margins. It blooms in late May to late June. It is offered for sale by a number of native plant nurseries. I have not seen it sold in conventional nurseries; the latter sell some cultivars of a few other Beardtongue species, though there may be a few that do.
Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms From February 28, 2017 to February 6, 2017 Seeds sown
lovesblooms On January 15, 2017 Seeds sown
MrsBinWY On June 10, 2017 Potted up
MrsBinWY On March 25, 2017 Seeds germinated
MrsBinWY On February 5, 2017 Seeds sown
coffee filter in baggy in fridge for 4 weeks; 25 seeds from Diane's Seeds; sown in milk jug on 3-10-17, put on back patio
christine2 On June 3, 2023 Obtained plant
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