Low beardtongue should be held in high regard. This showy penstemon is native to the western U.S., including a few locations in the Klamath Mountains, including the Scott River Valley and along the Klamath River. Low beardtongue is an herbaceous perennial with large basal leaves that form a mat at the base of the plant. The violet-blue to purple flowers are whorled along 4″-14″ tall stems. Blooms May-June. It grows well on infertile, well-drained, or disturbed soil in harsh, sunbaked conditions. Although usually found in sunny locations it will tolerate some part-shade. Low penstemon is typically found in rocky locations in pinyon-juniper, sagebrush scrub, northern juniper woodlands, and open montane habitat, but along the Klamath River it grows in sunny openings in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest. Attractive to native bees and hummingbirds.
Seed Germination Instructions
60-90 days cold-moist stratification Sow outside in fall to late winter.