General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 8 to 20 inches
Plant Spread: 14 to 36 inches; spreads by stem layering often with open center.
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: leaves are opposite, mostly lustrous and high percentage are evergreen; leaves develop very early spring to form a dense dark-green sub-shrub
Fruit: Dehiscent
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Other: seeds ripen from mid-August to late September and remain in the capsule for nearly a month before shattering
Flowers: Showy
Other: usually produces a profusion of flowers; 0.5 inch wide x 1.5 inch long; most on only one side of stem
Flower Color: Lavender
Other: pale lavender to pale blue-violet
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Other: flowering usually begins early June and continues for nearly 30 days
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Alpine Gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: sow about 0.25 inches deep on firm seedbed; germinates and establishes uniformly in early spring; seedlings are rigorous and normally grow rapidly; mature in 2 to 3 years
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: cuttings taken in mid-winter and early spring root readily; plants stunted if grown in small containers
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Bush Penstemon
  • Shrubby Beardtongue
  • Shrubby Penstemon
  • Beard Tongue
  • Pride of the Mountain
  • Penstemon

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