Common in northern California, but rare in Oregon, bush beardtongue is an unassuming shrub at first glance, but upon closer inspection of the interesting, yellow/purple/pink/brown penstemon-like flowers, reveals itself to be quite lovely. Bush penstemon used to be classified in the genus Penstemon but has since been moved to the genus Keckiella. An inhabitant of rocky slopes within coniferous forest and chaparral, this small shrub consists mostly of narrow, unbranched stems that typically grow 2′-4′ tall. Highly attractive to bumble bees, bush beardtongue is also used by hummingbirds, butterflies, and smaller native bees. A great native plant for a partly shady area of your garden without irrigation.
Seed Germination Instructions
30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.