Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Plant of the Week: Margarita BOP Penstemon

Nice to meet you, Penstemon 'Margarita BOP.' This little lady helps dispell the myth that California native plants are boring. How can you argue with electric blue?! And the story about how she came about her name is pretty funny.
Penstemon prefers a suntan to darkness and will get along famously with your other drought tolerants.

Soil: doesn't matter, as long as it drains well
Sun: full to part
Height: about 18 to 24"
Plant: Penstemon is pretty easy going. Shy away from planting in heatwaves.
Buy it: while Las Pilitas cultivated it, many retail nurseries carry this variety. You may, however buy it from Las Pilitas online.
Good for: adding a splash of cool color late in spring and attracting birds!


  1. I too was taken by the electric blue. Thanks for giving attention to this deserving lady of the garden.

  2. What a lovely bloom. I have used Penstemon, but not this one. Thanks for the post....Great Blog!