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Penstemon spectabilis - Showy Penstemon

Penstemon spectabilis is native to the Coast Ranges of Southern California. The Showy Penstemon grows to 3-6 feet depending on garden conditions. Penstemon spectabilis grows in full sun to light shade. Penstemon spectabilis grows in rocky streambanks and canyons. In garden settings with heavier soil Penstemon spectabilis should be planted on a slope or raised above the surrounding grade to provide drainage. Penstemon spectabilis blooms from late winter in the south through the Spring months. Penstemon spectabilis is a food source for the Variable Checkerspot Butterfly.

Penstemon specabilis, Showy Penstemon

Purple-Blue flowers with a white throat - Penstemon spectabilis - Showy Penstemon. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Penstemon specabilis, Showy Penstemon

Purple flowers with a white throat - Penstemon spectabilis - Showy Penstemon. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Other plants from the Genus Penstemon featured on this site:
Penstemon Apple Blossom
Penstemon Burgundy Brew
Penstemon centranthifoliius
Penstemon cobaea
Penstemon eatonii
Penstemon Evelyn
Penstemon Firebird
Penstemon grinnellii
Penstemon heterophyllus
Penstemon Hidcote Pink
Penstemon Holly's White
Penstemon Husker Red
Penstemon Margarita BOP
Penstemon Midnight
Penstemon palmeri
Penstemon parryi
Penstemon Raven
Penstemon Red Rocks
Penstemon triflorus

The closely related Keckiella cordifolia is appropriate for this list as well