Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs'

Common Name:
Foothill penstemon
Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Plantaginaceae (formerly in Scrophulariaceae)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
12-20 inches
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring to fall
Flower Color:
Bright blue
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
Foothill penstemon can be quite variable in form and flower color. In this seed strain, plants have attractive shiny, bluish green leaves sometimes tinged with red. Dense spikes of narrowly bell shaped bright blue blossoms grace the plants from late spring to fall. Sun to part shade, well drained soil, moderate to little watering. Moderate watering and cutting back spent flower stems will encourage repeat bloom.