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Showy Penstemon
Penstemon spectabilis var. spectabilis
About Showy Penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis var. spectabilis) Nurseries Show All Photos Showy Penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis var. spectabilis) is a native perennial herb that grows in Southern California, primarily in the Transverse Range and Peninsular Range regions. It tends to grow at elevations from 300-3600 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
2.6 - 3.9 ft (0.8 - 1.2 m)

Flower Color
Blue, Pink, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
221' - 9879'

Annual Precip. ?
7.1" - 34.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.21" - 3.55"

Coldest Month ?
27.1° F - 55.4° F

Hottest Month ?
52.9° F - 81.0° F

Humidity ?
1.08 vpd - 32.06 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
7*, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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