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Shrubby Penstemon

Scientific name

Penstemon fruticosus


Shrubby Penstemon is a sprawling, semi-evergreen wildflower species that typically grows about 20-50 cm in height. This plant may also be known by the common names Bush Penstemon or Shrubby Beardtongue. The leaves are dark green colored, lance shaped, have pointed tips, and have toothed margins. The flowers are showy, lavender to purple colored, tubular shaped, appear on flowering stems, and bloom between July and August. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, including butterflies and hummingbirds. This shrub can be used as an ornamental ground cover in rocky areas. This plant is easily propagated from cuttings.

Planting conditions

Shrubby Penstemon grows best in dry to normal conditions with full sun exposure. It prefers well-drained rocky soil types. It tolerates drought, dry soil, nutrient poor soil, shallow soil, and steep slopes. This shrub can be naturally found on dry slopes, roadsides, and in rocky mountainous areas.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
  • Plant type:
    • Ground Cover
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 20-50 cm
  • Spread:
    • 1 m