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Margarita Bop Penstemon
Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'
  
About Margarita Bop Penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP') 34 Nurseries Carry This Plant Horticultural selection from Penstemon heterophyllus. This is a low growing penstemon with narrow, linear leaves and profuse blooms that start out blue and turn rose-purple. It gets to about 2' high and 2' wide and flowers from spring through the summer. It is highly desirable in the garden for its long-flowering and colorful blooms and is tolerant of a wide range of garden conditions. This flower works well in many situations; planted in masses on a bank, as part of a border, or in a rock garden. Penstemon 'Margarita BOP' was first discovered (at the Bottom Of the Porch, hence "BOP") as a chance seedling by Bert Wilson of Las Pilitas Nursery.

Tolerates almost any soil type. Prefers sun in coastal sites, and part shade in inland sites. Las Pilitas Nursery introduction, Santa Margarita CA. Believed to be a hybrid of P. heterophyllus and P. laetus and is listed as Penstemon heterophyllus X 'Margarita BOP' on the Las Pilitas Nursery website.
Thanks to Moosa Creek Nursery and the Theodore Payne Foundation for sharing information about this plant
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

Size
Size
1 - 2 ft tall
2 - 3 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Blue

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Moderate

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
15

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a wide variety of soils

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers

Site Characteristics
Alternative Names
Common Names: Margarita Bop Foothill Penstemon


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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