Foothill penstemon is native to coastal ranges from Mexico to Oregon. It commonly grows as an upright shrub in sage scrub and chaparral plant communities where it provides a delightful springtime display of purple and magenta flowers. A popular cultivar, P. h. ‘Margarita BOP’ is most commonly available from nurseries and has a spreading habit, 1-2 ft. high, with deep purple flowers.
Margarita foothill penstemon is a wonderful plant for California native gardens where it can be placed on banks, around boulders and mixed with a variety of native shrubs and perennials. It grows best in full sun, with good drainage, and low amounts of supplemental water during the summer.