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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Penstemon heterophyllus Lindl.
Bunchleaf penstemon, Foothill beardtongue, Foothill penstemon
USDA Symbol: PEHE3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A small, shrub-like perennial, evergreen in mild climates, with a low, neat habit, 1-1 1/2 ft. high. Showy multitudes of 1 in., blue or violet flowers bloom among dark-green foliage.
More adaptable to garden conditions than most dryland penstemons; quite drought and heat tolerant.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
Coast Ranges from Humboldt to San Diego Cos., CA Native Habitat:
Dry hillsides below 5500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: More adaptable to garden conditions than most dryland penstemons. Quite drought and heat tolerant. A second flowering can be induced by trimming the flowering heads after flowering.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed sown in fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification but it is not necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CATohono Chul Park, Inc.
- Tucson, AZ
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff