Penstemon procerus var. formosus

Pincushion beardtongue

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 0.5' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This variety of Penstemon procerus is endemic to high altitude locations in the Sierra Nevadas and Klammath Mountains of northern California. As the common name suggests, it grows in a tight, low mound of small, rounded leaves - just 2 inches tall or so. The flowers are blue to lavender, borne on short panicles. Although native to alpine locations, this penstemon has proven quite adaptable in the garden when given a well-draining site with sun to partial shade and occasional water. Pincushion penstemon is an ideal subject for a decorative pot, which it will fill then over-top with cascading foliage.


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