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Purple Ozark Penstemon

Penstemon cobaea v. purpurea
SKU: HC018074
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
No longer available this season.
Penstemon cobaea var. purpurea 'Purple Ozark' (Beardtongue) is a native wildflower with huge lavender-blue flowers and glossy deep green foliage. Magnificent is barely adequate to describe this richly colored Penstemon. Bumblebees adore this plant and actually fit into these oversized flowers when pollinating them! A rare variety from southern Missouri Ozarks, this native plant treasure is seldom seen in garden cultivation. Blooming in early summer with nectar-rich flowers, this perennial is a favorite of the bumblebees. A special addition for waterwise gardens.
key features
Botanical Name
Penstemon cobaea v. purpurea
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Evergreen
Soil Moisture
Very Waterwise
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
18-30" tall
Bloom Time


Penstemon cobaea var. purpurea 'Purple Ozark' (Beardtongue) blooms in early summer with spikes of large, lavender-purple flowers pushing up from rosettes of large, glossy, deep green leaves. The foliage is as ornamental as the flowers. This drought tolerant plant may look delicate, but it’s a tough and durable addition to your waterwise garden. In nature, Penstemons, commonly called Beardtongues, are pioneer plants that are some of the first wildflowers to move into places with disturbed soils and areas burned by fire. They can take the difficult dry growing conditions necessary for them to be the plants that first colonize an area, and they are strong re-seeders so they can move into new territory.
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