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  • Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs' Foothill Penstemon or Beard Tongue
  • Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs' Foothill Penstemon or Beard Tongue
  • Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs' Foothill Penstemon or Beard Tongue
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Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs' Seeds Foothill Penstemon or Beard Tongue

Pkt 50 Seeds

Product Description

An amazing selection of our California native foothill penstemon 'Blue Springs' has electric sky blue flowers with just enough purple undertone to really make them zing. These heart stealers are so beautiful it is difficult to take your eyes off of them. Hummers love them too! FYF first year flowering with multiple spikes of large tubular blue flowers increase in number the second year. Excellent drought tolerance and narrow attractive leaves on plants that stay fairly compact make this a great choice for containers or as edging along driveways, gravel paths or even hell or parking strips. Wildlife will thank you for putting these in all your hard to fill dry neglected spots. The species from which 'Blue Springs' was selected originates from California's coastal ranges and Sierra Nevada Foothills so it is surprisingly tough and drought tolerant with very low water needs once established. Keep in mind for it to be long-lived it needs good drainage, leaner soil, full sun and minimal summer water. Don't fear if you have better garden conditions that are richer or wetter than is optimum just start a few plants each year and pull out older ones as needed. 

Pkt: 50 Seeds 

Botanical Name: Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs'

Common Name: Foothill Penstemon or Beard Tongue

Type: Perennial Z6-10  FYF: First Year Flowering

Color: Blue 

Height: 12-16"     Spread: 12"

Light: Sun

Water: Low Xeric to Summer Dry No Water

Soil: Well-drained, poor dry soil ok, clay tolerant add sand or gravel to planting soil, *note highly fertile garden conditions can lead to shortened life especially if overwatered

Flowering: Summer

Germination: 10-30+ days 60-70F Sometimes can be slow and erratic, light may aid germination rate do not cover too heavily **Helpful but not always needed cold moist stratification of 8 weeks in the frig mixed with damp sand in a baggie or damp paper towel can increase germination rate

Sow Indoors: Surface sow press onto moist seed starting mix, sprinkle lightly with grit or vermiculite as light may aid germination, keep moist not soggy, 60-70F

Sow Outdoors: Late fall or early spring direct sow in the garden or in pots placed outside exposed for at least 8 weeks to cold 30F night temps to help break the seed dormancy for increased germination rate, keep moist not soggy 



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