Littleflower Beardtongue

Littleflower Beardtongue

Botanical Name: Penstemon procerus var. tolmiei

Height: about 10 cm

Bloom time: all summer

Growing Conditions: Full sun. Well-drained rocky soils. Excellent in troughs

Origins: BC. A taller variety within the species, Penstemon procerus var. procerus, occurs all across the west into Manitoba, but the compact variety, tomiei, occurs only in BC and adjacent USA. It grows at high altitudes, so we can reasonably hope it is hardy here.

Remarks: Another North American cutie for the rock garden. The long-summer bloom time makes it especially valuable in the garden. The taller variety from the prairies is also attractive, but quite different.

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