Penstemon heterophyllus var. heterophyllus

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Penstemon heterophyllus var. heterophyllus
Penstemon heterophyllus var. heterophyllus
Penstemon heterophyllus var. heterophyllus

Species Name: Penstemon heterophyllus var. heterophyllus
Common Name: Foothill Penstemon

Profuse bloomer. Purplish-blue flowers attract hummingbirds. Neat and compact appearance. It's small size makes it perfect for small sunny borders.

Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Mat-forming
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 5,000'
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Purple-blue
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout California
Natural Habitat: Grassland, chaparral, forest openings

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Of bushy spreading habit, 1 to 2 feet high. Flowers rich blue or purple, produced in great quantities. Excellent for dry banks. One of the best of the native perennial plants. Fine for borders and rock gardens. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.