Shrubby Penstemon can be commonly found on roadsides and dry banks, blooming in late spring. It is a small hardy shrub with blue-lavendar to purple flowers and small lance shaped leaves.
|Height and Spread
|Up to 0.5 m tall.
|Up to 0.5 m spread.
|Blue-lavender to purple.
|Dark green and hairless above
|Seeds are produced in late summer in small capsules.
|Light and Water
|Sunny open areas.
|Often grows in dry areas, though will spread more quickly with water.
|Shrubby Penstemon is traditionally used to dye baskets and other materials. While not generally directly eaten, it was also commonly used in pit cooking to add flavour.
|Shrubby Penstemon is considered good browsing food for deer, and it also noted as potential hummingbird food.
|Shrubby Penstemon is one of the showiest native shrubs to this area. It has bright flowers that are very successful in rocky areas with lots of sun.
|A decoction of Shrubby Penstemon was also traditionally made to treat ulcers, bathe sores, and help with aches from rheumatism.
|Shrubby Penstemon is easily propagated by cuttings. It is most successful in gritty or rocky soil.