Saturday, May 14, 2011

Foothill Penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus)

Written by Diane Beauton

Corriganville Movie Ranch, Simi Valley 'past' provided us with the settings for Robin Hood, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Jungle Girl and Rin-Tin-Tin to name a few. Fort Appache, The town Saloon and Trading Post and County Church are all memories now but present-day Corriganville remains a showcase surrounded by majestic moutains, golden fields and some of natures most colorful flora.

Belonging to the Plantaginaceae family this gorgeous iridescent blue-lavender/electric blue bloom is Native to America, thriveing in the Sierras and throughout California. It's also Native to Asia.

This pretty is also called Mountain blue penstemon, Margarita BOP, Blue Springs or Gay Penstemon.

The Foothill Penstemon is a herbaceous perennial with blooms like snapdragons.

If you like the sight of butterflies, birds and bees frequenting your garden this is the plant for you.

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