Penstemon heterophyllus Lindl.
Bunchleaf penstemon, Foothill beardtongue, Foothill penstemon
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PEHE3
More adaptable to garden conditions than most dryland penstemons; quite drought and heat tolerant.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
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.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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
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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon heterophyllus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon heterophyllus in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff