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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

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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