|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 3 inches 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 utahensis is a thickly tufted perennial bearing racemes of bright carmine-pink flowers in mid- and late spring. Grows 12 to 24 inches tall, 6 to 12 inches wide.