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Hairy Beardtongue

Hairy Beardtongue

Hairy Beardtongue

When it comes to business-focused content, a funny story can actually help make it click more easily.Open clusters of trumpet-shaped, lavender flowers grace Hairy Beardtongue from late May to late June, attracting bumblebees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Hairy Beardtongue is one of the larval host plants of the Chalcedon Checkerspot, the Baltimore Checkerspot and Edith's Checkerspot. Its early bloom time and hairy stems distinguish it from other Beardtongues. Its preference ranges for medium-wet to dry soils in varied sun conditions make it a versatile choice for home landscaping.

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John Mitchell, an 18th century American botanist, recorded the first botanical description of this plant genus; Carl Linnaeus included it in his landmark publication Species Plantarum in 1753. According to legend, Native Americans once used this plant as a versatile medicinal remedy. Its unusual common name comes from a fuzzy "tongue" in each open bloom, which gives a slight resemblance to a mouth and a tongue. The genus name "Penstemon" comes from Greek words for "five threads," referring to the stamens of each blossom. The species name "hirsutus" means "hairy," referring to the fine hairs on the plant.Naturally occurring in dry woodlands and open fields, Hairy Beardtongue forms clusters of two-lipped, trumpet-shaped lavender flowers that bloom for a month or longer in late spring. Hairy Beardtongue is one of the larval host plants of Checkerspot butterflies and attracts bees and other beneficial insects. Growing 1 – 2 feet tall Hairy Beardtongue prefers medium to dry, well-drained soils in full to part sun.

Great for cottage gardens, rock gardens and part shade gardens in fall the foliage turns a golden reddish colour providing for an extended display.Hairy Beardtongue may be small and compact, but it is a bee magnet! It is the smallest and most compact of all Penstemon flowers. I’ve found the purple/white tubular flowers are beautiful on their own, and bloom for about a month. But I particularly enjoy seeing bumblebees crawl up the tubes of the flower to get the nectar.Open clusters of trumpet-shaped, lavender flowers grace Hairy Beardtongue from late May to late June, attracting bumblebees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Hairy Beardtongue is one of the larval host plants of the Chalcedon Checkerspot, the Baltimore Checkerspot and Edith's Checkerspot. Its early bloom time and hairy stems distinguish it from other Beardtongues. Its preference ranges for medium-wet to dry soils in varied sun conditions make it a versatile choice for home landscaping. (Source: www.prairiemoon.com)

 

 

 

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