PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Attractive to bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, but not deer, beardtongue provides a welcome vertical focal point in sunny gardens. Prefers very well-drained soils—plant in raised beds or on slopes for superior drainage. Deadhead or cut for bouquets to keep the show going until frost. Very easy to grow and a profuse bloomer throughout the season. Cut back in fall after bloom for vigorous growth in spring.
Water regularly during the first season to establish. After that, water infrequently but deeply during prolonged dry periods.
Mix about 1" of compost into soil prior to planting.
Diseases & Pests:
Prevent fungal troubles and root disease by spacing properly and planting in very well-drained soils.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut when about 1/2 of florets on a stem are open.