Lavender Beardtongue (2")
Lavender Beardtongue (2")
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Lavender Beardtongue (2")

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Native Perennial

Sun Exposure:
Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil: Well drained
Height: 1' to 3'
Bloom Time:  June, July
Bloom Color: Pink, purple
Attracts: Hummingbirds, butterflies
Larval Host: Chalcedon Checkerspot, the Baltimore Checkerspot, and Edith's Checkerspot butterflies
Pollinator benefits: Excellent nectar source for butterflies, native bees, and hummingbirds; Xerces Society rates this as having Special Value for Native Bees and Bumble Bees

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Lavender (Hairy) Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus) Erect, hairy stems, usually several from the same rhizome, are 16-24 in. tall. Leaves are oblong. A woolly-stemmed plant with open, stalked clusters of lavender, trumpet-shaped flowers with white lips. The tubular, lipped flowers are very slender, about an inch long, and pale-violet flowers. The mouth is nearly closed by the arched base of the lower lip.

The tubular flowers of this plant attracts hummingbirds and native long-tongued bees, bumblebees, Miner bees, and Mason bees.  Penstemons are called 'Beard Tongues' because the sterile stamen has a tuft of small hairs.  You may choose to pair Penstemon with some of these other native plants: Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea), Spiderworts (Tradescantia ohiensis), and Prairie Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium campestre). 

info from wildflower.org and https://www.prairiemoon.com/