Dwarf Hairy Penstemon
Penstemon hirsutus 'Pygmaeus'
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Botanical Pronunciation||pen-STEE-mon her-su-T-us|
|Lore||Genus Penstemon is the largest genus of flowering plants endemic to North America.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate grower to 4 to 6 in. tall, 6 to 8 in. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late spring through summer|
|Design Ideas||This 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.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Mediterranean|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Flower & Rose Food|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dwarf Plant, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils|
|Watering Needs||Once established, needs only occasional watering.|
|Companion Plants||Combine 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