Penstemon deustus (Hot Rock Penstemon)


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Plant Description: A drought tolerant penstemon native to much of the Pacific Northwest grows multiple creamy white flowers with purple stripes along small oval shaped leaves. Beloved by poll

  • Height: 1.5-2.5 ft
  • Width: 1 ft
  • Watering needs: dry, drought tolerant
  • Sun needs: full sun- part shade
  • Soil needs: dry, rocky soil. Does not tolerate clay
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): No

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: Hot Rock Penstemon flourishes in sunny, dry locations, particularly soil rich in igneous rock or limestone or well draining rocky slopes. Because of this, Hot Rock Penstemon makes a great addition to xeriscaping projects and climate resilient gardening for increasingly warm and dry climates. 

This penstemon is known to attract a wide variety of wildlife including native butterflies like checkerspots and tiger moths, several species of bee including leafcutter, sweat bee, and bumblebees, as well as hummingbirds.

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