Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita BOP’

'Margarita BOP' 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
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Foothill penstemon is found in the coastal mountains from Oregon to Mexico, the Transverse ranges and the Sierra Nevada. It grows as an open, rounded shrub with narrow, lance-shaped leaves. The flowers are tubular in a color ranging from white to blue to lavender. ‘Margarita BOP’ was selected from a chance garden seedling by Las Pilitas Nursery in the 90’s. It is thought to be a hybrid involving Penstemon laetus and Penstemon heterophyllus. It has a reputation for tolerating garden conditions more than the species, but well-draining soil, a sunny location, and sparse watering are still recommended. The spring bloom is quite spectacular. Removing the spent flower stocks can stimulate a second bloom.
The peculiar name? Well, the Margarita is from Santa Margarita, where Las Pilitas Nursery is located. ‘BOP’ stands for “bottom of porch” where the volunteer was discovered.


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