Margarita BOP Beardtongue

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Gorgeous blue color is trouble free! 

Margarita BOP Penstemon (Penstemon 'Margarita BOP') was discovered in California by Bert Wilson. It was a chance seedling that was growing at the bottom of his porch. He claims that he never watered it or maintained it and that his kids with their bikes, their skateboards and their dogs trampled it many times. It still kept on coming back every year and blooming its intense true blue blooms until some repairs on the house were being done and two inches of concrete was poured on top of it by mistake. That finally did it in. Go figure.

Thankfully he was able to get seeds from it and propagate it and now we can offer this great plant to you! It is a sport of native beardtongue and is as hardy as Bert claims it to be. It loves sparse, well-drained soil (like in a rock garden or xeric landscape) and doesn’t need a lot (or any!) attention to keep it looking its best.

Soil, sunlight and water can all change the color of Margarita BOP from year to year, but always in the palette of royal blues and purple magenta’s, often on the same flower. It is a true beauty and you’ll love having it in your garden.

It blooms spring to mid-summer on quickly growing 2’ tall plants that resemble dwarf boxwood or candytuft when not in bloom.

This is a super-hardy plant that looks like a million bucks without any coddling necessary.

Oh, and that name – BOP? It stands for ‘Bottom of Porch’, exactly where Bert found it.

Buy yours today!

* Full sun
* Easy care
* Heat and drought tolerant once established
* Showy flowers
* Sized just right
* Hummingbirds love it


Margarita BOP Beardtongue Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-10
Growing Zones 6-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Penstemon heterphyllus 'Margarita BOP'
Foliage Perennial
Mature Height 20 - 24 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 24 feet
Soil Type Well drained soils
Moisture Water to establish, then very drought tolerant
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Blue
Foliage Color Green