Foothill Penstemon, Chaparral Penstemon, Bunchleaf Penstemon
Penstemon heterophyllus

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Penstemon (PEN-stem-on) (Info)
Species: heterophyllus (het-er-oh-FIL-us) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Tucson, Arizona

Castro Valley, California

Oak Park, California

Yorba Linda, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 14, 2013, Siirenias from Oak Park, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Rather unassuming before it flowers, this plant tends to sneak up on one when it goes to flower.

The big, beautiful flowers come off the body of the plant, which only averages a foot at most tall and offers no ground cover. The flowers also attract all manner of nectar drinkers; I've even seen bees climb wholly into the flower, disappear inside, and come back out after a drink.

One of few plants I consider having just as a "wild flower" in my garden.

Positive

On Aug 6, 2005, YLcalif from Yorba Linda, CA wrote:

One of my favorite California native plants that will survive in full sun on a steep slope. And it seems to grow just as well in either full or part sun and in lean sandy soil or composted soil as long as it has good drainage. The foilage is grey-green and it looks great when intermixed with grey-green ground covers (erosion control) plants such as Wooly Yarrow. It can also be used to add body to loose/open ground covers such as California Aster (silver carpet). A very versatile plant and easy to propagate from cuttings.