Scrophulariaceae
Penstemon richardsonii

Richardson's Penstemon

Large plant with many upright hairless stems, sticky inflorescence. Leaves opposite, hairless, lance-shaped, deeply saw-toothed, sometimes lobed to narrow 1–3 in. segments. Inflorescence consists of many spreading stalks holding bright pink, pinkish red, or bluish flowers. Flower tube long, with spreading lobes; throat lined with white beelines; staminode extending outward, usually coated with yellow hairs. Grows in cliff crevices, talus and other dry places, at lower elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 12--34 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, Dry Rocky Sites
  • Found In: West Gorge, East Gorge, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes