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Penstemon rupicola (Piper) Howell
USDA Symbol: PERU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This low-statured perennial, never more than 4 in. tall, features mats of evergreen, gray-glaucous leaves and close clusters of red-purple, tubular flowers. Few large, brilliant pink or rose, bilaterally symmetrical flowers in many racemes, often forming a dense display, above thick mats of stems and leaves.
This is one of the Wests most beautiful wildflowers. Although there are only a few flowers in any one raceme, there are many racemes, and in full bloom the plant is a swatch of bright, glowing pink.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
, WA Native Distribution: WA
to n. CA Native Habitat:
Cliffs, ledges & rocky slopes, usually at higher elevations
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: This diminutive penstemon is good for the rock garden.
Easily propagated by stem
cuttings or seed. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Not Available Commercially Avail:
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff