Dwarf Hairy Penstemon

Penstemon hirsutus 'Pygmaeus'

Attractive perennial which forms mat-like mounds with hairy foliage. Brilliant clusters of lilac-white blooms add to the show. Excellent rock garden or border plant. Evergreen.
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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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Botanical Pronunciationpen-STEE-mon her-su-T-us
LoreGenus Penstemon is the largest genus of flowering plants endemic to North America.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 4 to 6 in. tall, 6 to 8 in. wide.
Bloom TimeLate spring through summer
Design IdeasThis is the smallest of the Penstemon and a highly versatile perennial. Ideal for adding diversity to spatially challenged gardens. Perfect for rock gardens or dryland settings on mounds or in conjunction with dry streambeds. Yet it is equally at home in the traditional perennial border or cottage garden montage, where it serves as an excellent edging plant. Makes a good showing in low, wide ceramic bowls at poolside or in sun-drenched, Mediterranean-inspired walled gardens and courtyards.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dwarf Plant, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
Companion PlantsCombine this little penstemon with other ground hugging rock garden beauties such as Biokovo Cranesbill, (Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'), Rock Jasmine, (Androsace languinosa), Siskiyou Evening Primrose, (Oenothera speciosa 'Siskiyou') and Hungtington Carpet Rosemary, (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet'). Spice things up with miniature ornamental grasses such as Little Bunny Dwarf Fountain Grass, (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny') and Elijah Blue Fescue, (Festuca cinerea 'Elijah Blue')

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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