Penstemon spectabilis File:Penstemonspectabilis.jpg
Common Name Royal penstemon, Showy penstemen
Latin Name Penstemon spectabilis
Family Scrophulariaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 7, 14-23 /
Type / Form Shrub / small
Native Habitat Coastal sage scrub, oak woodland between 300 and 7,000 feet on southwester California  south to Baja California
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to twice per month
rr Full sun
Height X Width Maximum 4 feet X 3 feet, usually usually 3 feet X 2 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Evergreen rosette
Fruit Purple-blue flowers in spring
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seeds
Pest and diseases  
Landscape uses Erosion control, container, rock garden, border
Garden Suitability Thornless, Hummingbird, Butterfly, Fire Retardant, fire retardant, foliage accent, parkways, cut flowers
Nature Value Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds use flowers, browsed by deer, larval plant for butterflies
Native American Uses Medicinal
Links  
    Images and data http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/showypenstemon.html
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon_spectabilis
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM04949
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/result.php?id_image=5712
    Image http://www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm?imgnum=1375434
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?7177,7483,7560
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PESP3
    Nursery, images and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/487.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Penstemon+spectabilis
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