Wildflowers of Toronto's High Park​​

Beardtongue

Family: Plantain (formerly Figwort)
Genus: ​​Penstemon (meaning 5 stamens)

​The name "beardtongue" refers to dense yellow hairs on the 5th stamen which protrude between the lips of the flower. 

Native to Ontario
​​Perennial 

Beardtongue, foxglove
P. digitalis 

Habitat: Fields, meadowmarshes and open woodlands.

Height: 1.2 m
Flower: 2.5 cm
 
Stem is smooth.

​Beardtongue, hairy
​P. hirsutus
 
Habitat: Fields and savannahs
Blooms: May to July

​Height: up to 90 cm
Flowers: 2-3 cm long

The species name "​hirsutus" ​means hairy, referring to the fuzzy stem.

​Fruit is a  brown capsule, about 9 mm