Penstemon eriantherus (Fuzzytongue penstemon)

Short to tall native perennial with lavender to pale purple flowers, blooming May to July. Drought tolerant, occurring on dry, well drained soils from the low shrub steppe to the mountains; up to 10,000 ft. elevation. Foliage and seeds are important food source for wildlife and birds. Use for restoration and xeriscaping. Attracts butterflies and bumble bees. Varieties listed below.

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Family: Scrophulariaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Single crown

Mature Height: 5-15 in.

Bloom Color: Lavender to pale purple

Bloom Period: May-July

Annual Precipitation: 12-14 in.

Drought Tolerance: Good

Shade Tolerance: 


Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance:

Fire Tolerance:

Nitrogen Fixation: Yes


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance:

CaCO3 Tolerance:

pH Range: 5.8-??


Seeds per Pound: 358,000

Seeding Rate: 1-3 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall/Winter

Days to Germination:


Old Works - Found growing on a copper smelting mine site in soils with high levels of heavy metals and sulfur, including phytotoxic levels of arsenic and copper and a 5.8 pH. Thought to perform well in moderately acidic and heavy metal soils. Also suitable for use in habitat restoration projects not related to mining.