Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'

Common Name:
Foothill penstemon
Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Plantaginaceae (formerly in Scrophulariaceae)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
12-18 inches high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
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
Low plants have attractive narrow, shiny, bluish green leaves that form low mats. Dense spikes of narrowly bell shaped blossoms grace the plants from late spring to fall. 'Margarita BOP' (not a reference to 1950s dance, but rather to "bottom of porch", where it was discovered as a chance seedling at Las Pilitas Nursery) produces plants that are quite full and floriferous, with bright blue flowers.