Native to the eastern Canada and the United States, this attractive and-easy-to-grow perennial species has hairy stems (hence its species name, hirsutus) bearing leaves which are opposite and stalkless. Numerous purple-blue and white trumpet flowers open over an extended period in early and mid summer. This is a very versatile penstemon for full sun to full shade and medium wet to dry soils.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Hairy Beardtongue