Dwarf Hairy Penstemon
Penstemon hirsutus var. pygmaeus

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: hirsutus var. pygmaeus

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Burgundy

Dark/Black

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wasilla, Alaska

Reading, Massachusetts

Denville, New Jersey

Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Dec 3, 2006, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

A great dwarf plant for the rock garden. It's foliage is a very attractive reddish burgundy in the spring. It's easy to start from seed. It self seeds in the garden, but not to the point of invasiveness.

Positive

On Jan 22, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a recommneded penstemon for the beginner and it does well in wetter areas where most penstemon are challenging. The foliage is tinted purple and makes a lovely backdrop for the light lavender-pink flowers. It will gently self-seed in the garden which is ideal as the plants are relatively short-lived. I've had this one for over 15 years.

Positive

On Jan 17, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a lovely little penstemon for the rock garden. Give it well-drained soil. It's not too difficult to start from seed. I started mine indoors, then stratified them for 3 weeks.

Neutral

On Jul 2, 2002, Baa wrote:

Low growing, mat forming subshrub from the North Eastern region of North America.

Has evergreen, leance shaped, toothed, dark green leaves with a purple tinge. Bears tubular, slightly flattened, very pale lavender flowers with white throats.

Flowers June - July

Likes a poorish, well drained soil in sun. Dislikes hot sun (even wilts here in the UK) so some shade during the hottest part of the day may be required.

Very pretty little plant that flowers it's heart out.