Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Catherine de la Mare’

'Catherine de la Mare' foothill penstemon

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 3' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



California’s foothill penstemon has been in cultivation for several centuries and is the most popular species of Penstemon. It has especially attracted the attention of English gardeners and plant breeders. ‘Catherine de la Mare’ originated with a Richard de la Mare in the 1950s. This possible hybrid grows in a rounded form with wide, dark green leaves. The upright flower stems are covered with numerous violet flowers. Of its many strengths, ‘Catherine de la Mar’ is relatives tolerant of typical garden conditions. If the spent flowers of the first bloom are removed, another bloom may appear.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen