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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.
Attracts Butterflies, Honeybees, & Pollinators!
Makes Great Cut Flowers!
Cold, moist stratification. Start at least 5 weeks before outdoor night temperatures are reliably in the 10 C (50 F) range. Place seed on top of a slightly moistened,
sterile, soil-less growing mix (seed needs light to germinate). Put this in a labelled, sealed plastic bag and store in a refrigerator for one day. The next day place this in the freezer for one day.
Repeat this for one week, alternating between the fridge and the freezer. After stratifying, plant seed 0.32 cm (1/8 inch) deep in pots. Keep moist but not soggy and
very warm (21 C - 70 F). When seedlings are 5 cm (2 inches) tall or more, transplant into the garden spaced 30 cm (1 foot) apart.
Plant seed on the surface of a prepared seed bed in late fall so that the seed overwinters and germinates naturally in spring. (Seed needs light to germinate.)
In late fall through to mid-winter fill plastic pots with a slightly moistened, sterile, soil-less growing mix. Place seed on the surface of this (seed needs light to germinate) in pots and label
the pots. Place them outdoors in an area where they will experience the snow and cold of winter. The seed will germinate in the pots in spring as the weather warms up.
Be sure to water the pots regularly in spring and once the plants are 5 cm (2 inches) tall, transplant them into your garden.