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Penstemon rupicola (Cliff penstemon)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Penstemon rupicola

Penstemon rupicola (Piper) Howell

Cliff Penstemon, Cliff Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)



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 West's 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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: WA to n. CA
Native Habitat: Cliffs, ledges & rocky slopes, usually at higher elevations

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: This diminutive penstemon is good for the rock garden.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Easily propagated by stem cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Penstemon rupicola in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon rupicola in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon rupicola


Record Modified: 2014-07-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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