Penstemon rupicola (Piper) Howell
Cliff Penstemon, Cliff Beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PERU
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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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CA , OR , 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.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Easily propagated by stem cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon rupicola in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon rupicola in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon rupicola
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-07-17
Research By: TWC Staff