Penstemon hirsutus var. pygmeus


This North American Native is a great attractor for pollinators, particularly bees and hummingbirds. It is also listed as a host and nectar source for the Baltimore checkerspot butterfly. The tubular flowers are light purple on the outside with white interiors, and bloom from late spring to early summer. This plant will require some shade and irrigation to thrive in hot, dry locations. Like most perennials on green roofs, this plant will benefit from growing in  a deeper soil profile or in mounded green roof media (6+ in. depth).

Larger quantities may need to be custom ordered. Please contact our office for lead times.


  • Botanical Name: Penstemon hirsutus var. pygmeus
  • Family: Scrophulariaceae
  • Plant Type: Hardy Perennial
  • Plant Usage: Accent
  • Hardiness Zone: 4
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Flower Color: White to Pale Purple
  • Bloom Time: Spring to Early Summer
  • Winter Interest: Green Foliage
  • Height: 8"
  • Spread: 8"
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Origin: Eastern North America
  • Self Sowing: Yes
  • Shade Tolerant: Partial
  • Substitutes: Penstemon barbatus ssp. coccineus,

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