Hairy Beardtongue - Penstemon hirsutus (Snapdragon family - Scrophularisceae)

 

Hairy Beardtongue - Penstemon hirsutus (Snapdragon family - Scrophularisceae) Beardtongues get their name from a tufted stamen in the trumpet-shaped flower, which is 2-lipped (with 2 lobes above and 3 lobes below). There are 17 species of beardtongue: some are pink while others are white.

 

 

 

 

This species has a woolly stem. 1 - 3 ft. Rocky woods, fields. Tea made from its leaves was used as a laxative by Native Americans. They also boiled the flower tops, adding sugar until they obtained a syrup, which was given to babies for whooping cough. Some Native Americans considered a wet dressing of pounded leaves an absolute antidote to rattlesnake bites.

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