Penstemon hirsutus 'Pygmaeus'
Sunset zones: Not Listed.
USDA zones: 3-9.
Height: 6 inches (15 cm).
Width: 8-12 inches (20-30 cm).
Mid spring through summer.
Long, tubular, lavender flowers with white throats.
Bright green, lance-shaped leaves on dark violet-purple stems.
Full sun to partial shade.
Well-drained, moderately fertile soil.
I keep penstemons on the lean side; they tend to live longer if not over-fertilized. Fertilize in spring when growth begins, with a complete organic fertilizer.
Sow seed in late winter. | Divide in spring. | Softwood cuttings in summer.
Rainy Side Notes
This perennial was sold to me as Penstemon hirsutus, but it soon proved to be the dwarf variety--P. hirsutus 'Pygmaeus'. Understandably, why I received P. 'Pygmaeus, most P. hirsutus grown are the dwarf form. Linnaeus mistook this species as the genus Chelone and named it C. hirsuta.
This little shrubby penstemon looks exceptional draped over a rock wall and as an edging plant with its evergreen leaves and long flowering period.
Photographed in author's garden.