|This short-lived perennial, often treated as an annual in colder climates, is grown primarily for it's pretty, tubular, two-lipped flowers (all colors but blue and yellow). The leaves are narrow and lance shaped (up to 1/2 inch long).
Penstemons like dry but rich soil. They are summer bloomers, attract hummingbirds, and will keep your garden exciting after the spring colors have faded away.
Penstemon menziesii is a mat-forming, creeping, semi-evergreen subshrub, bearing sparsely-flowered racemes of tubular-funnel-shaped, violet-purple flowers in summer. Grows 6 inches tall, 8 inches wide.