Penstemon hirsutus var. pygmaeus Beardtongue



A dwarf Beardtongue with lavender trumpet-shaped flowers clustering on hairy stems from late May through June. The blooms attract butterflies, bumblebees, and hummingbirds. This naturally-occurring variety of the North American native Penstemon hirsutus grows only 6-12" tall, perfect for garden edges, small garden beds, or containers. 

Penstemon hirsutus var. pygmaeus Beardtongue prefers full to part sun, and medium, well-drained soil. This plant is adaptable and durable, including resistance to deer. 


  • Common Names: Hairy Beardtongue
  • Zones: 3 - 8
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Medium, well-drained, nutrient lean
  • Height at Maturity: 6 - 12"
  • Width at Maturity: 12
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: May - June
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Clay Soil. Drought.
  • Other Features: Container Plant. Cut Flower. Native to North America.

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