Botanical Name: Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita Bop'
Common Name: Margarita Foothill Penstemon  
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Water Saving Tip:

Water-wise plants can be beautiful as well as practical.

Ask at your local nursery for the types of plants that have minimal watering needs.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Perennial


Height Range



Flower Color

Blue, Purple


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Wild Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Park, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Roadside, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Filler, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: James Campbell, El Nativo Growers
Photographer: El Nativo Growers, Inc.
  • Description

  • Notes

Another one of the easiest and most versatile California native plants. This is a hybrid penstemon; will produce beautiful purple/blue flowers through much of the year when spent flowers are removed. Foliage grows in low growing mats to 6-8"H x 12-18"W.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.