Hairy Beardtongue Flowers Seed (Penstemon hirsutus) native perennials Wildflower
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Open clusters of trumpet-shaped, lavender flowers grace Hairy Beardtongue from late May to late June, attracting bumblebees, butterflies and hummingbirds. 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.
The tubular pinkish flowers of Hairy Beardtongue are the perfect shape for hummingbirds to use. Grow Hairy Beardtongue in full sun or shade, and it will be happy in a wide variety of soil types.
Light: Full Sun to Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom Time: May-July
Sowing: Direct sow in late fall, pressing into the surface of the soil since this seed needs light to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 30-60 days before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination. This seed can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before planting in the spring. APPROX 242,313 SEEDS PERR OZ
Growing: Water seedlings until they become established. Mature plants tolerate drought well because of a well-developed tap root, though they can also tolerate moist soil. This plant grows well in rocky or sandy soil, and has excellent resistance to disease and pests. After blooming cut the plant back to several inches above the soil, unless seed is wanted. This plant often self-sows, and is highly attractive to bumblebees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.
Harvesting: For cut flowers, choose stems with flowers that have just opened. Strip the foliage that will fall below the water level, and place in water immediately.
Seed Saving: After the flowers fade, small pods will form that eventually open at the top to reveal the ripe seeds. Gather the seeds as soon as the pods have begun to open; watch them carefully to prevent loss, since the seeds can easily be blown away by the wind. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.