Penstemon heterophyllus is a perennial herb producing upright, branching stems easily exceeding 1.5 feet in height and becoming woody at the bases.The leaves are variable in shape and may reach nearly 4 inches long. The inflorescence produces several wide-mouthed tubular flowers up to 1.5 inches in length that serve as a nectar source for (native) birds and butterflies.
Nativar Research Project - contribute your pollinator observations of this native plant and four of its cultivars: ‘Electric Blue,' ‘Margarita BOP,’ 'Blue Springs,' and ‘Catherine de la Mare.’
Penstemon heterophyllus is cultivated as an ornamental plant by plant nurseries. It is used as a flowering perennial for traditional flower beds, and in native plant, drought-tolerant, and habitat gardens and public landscapes. It is a nectar source for (native) birds and butterflies.