Penstemon spectabilis is a 3' perennial with lavender flowers in
April-June. Native in dry creek beds, hill sides and coastal bluffs
of southern California. A very showy border plant, (at the back, too
big for the front). Showy Penstemon has survived a 0 degree F.
night, 4" rainfall, full sun and 120+ degrees F.temperatures. Showy
Penstemon has been easy on all sites. Do not overwater. It needs
good drainage and sun. Our original plant finally was pulled out
because it showed its age of 11 years. Showy Penstemon had survived
through all with no water or thought, Penny picked the flowers each
year for the house and the hummers worked it regularly. Associated
plants include Artemisia tridentata, Arctostaphylos patula
platyphylla, Penstemon centranthifolius, and Adenostoma sparsifolium
our Penstemon spectabilis, Showy Penstemons are
commonly grown from seed and can sometimes be Penstemon
. We try to separate them, but we're far from
perfect.So if your Showy Penstemon is pink, it will be parshii.
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Penstemon spectabilis tolerates clay.
Penstemon spectabilis is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Penstemon spectabilis has color green and is evergreen.
Flower of Penstemon spectabilis has color violet.
Communities for Penstemon spectabilis:Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub.