Close-up of Richardson's Penstemon flower (Penstemon richardsonii). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Richardson's Penstemon with bee (Penstemon richardsonii). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Richardson's Penstemon (Penstemon richardsonii). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Richardson's Penstemon

Regular price
Sale price
Unit price
per 

Penstemon richardsonii

This summer blooming wildflower is a hummingbird magnet, provides vivid rosy-purple color to native habitat gardens, and is an important nectar and foraging source for pollinators. The foliage is dusty green and at times even reddish, with deeply-toothed margins, forming dense, almost shrub-like mounds over time. 

  • Plant type/canopy layer: deciduous perennial herbaceous plant (can become woody/shrub-like over time)
  • Size at maturity: 8"-32" tall
  • Light requirements: full sun, part sun / part shade
  • Moisture requirements: dry to moist soil
  • Bloom time: May to August
  • Growth rate/ease: moderate growth rate, easy to grow
  • Wildlife support: flowers attract and provide nectar for hummingbirds, adult butterflies, bees, other native insect pollinators, beneficial insects, and other pest eating insects; overall plant/vegetation is a caterpillar host plant and larval food source
  • Native habitat/range: Locally common in shrub-steppe, dry rocky sites in central Washington and north-central Oregon. Portland Plant List - yes. 
  • Special features & uses: pollinator and hummingbird favorite, drought tolerant, 

Gardening with Richardson’s Penstemon: This carefree perennial prefers sunny, dry, well-drained habitats, like a dry meadowscape, rock graden or pollinator garden. It looks especially gorgeous cascading over rock walls, retaining walls, rock features and garden edges.  

Photo Credits: "Penstemon richardsonii" by peganum is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0