Penstemon eriantherus (Fuzzytongue penstemon)

Low water requirement; full sun to partial shade. Short perennial with wide-open, hairy lavender flowers; blooms May to July. Occurs in dry open valleys and foothills, up to montane elevations. Prefers well-drained, rocky or sandy soils. Good food source for many wildlife and birds; attracts butterflies and bees. Use for restoration of dry, open shrublands, beautification and pollinator habitat. 

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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 - Collected on moderately acidic, heavy-metal and sulfur contaminated soils located within the Anaconda Smelter Superfund Site. Plants were growing in soil with a pH of 5.8 and moderately phytotoxic levels of arsenic and copper. A valuable release for mine reclamation or revegetation on similarly difficult sites. (Released 2003, origin: Deer Lodge County, MT)