Dark green foliage is the perfect foil for bright, cherry-red blossoms. Rock Penstemon bloom in spring and summer and don’t go dormant as most others do. Attracts hummingbirds. Plant a bird garden with other native desert plants like foothill palo verde, ocotillo, brittlebush and fairy duster.
Bright red flowers attract hummingbirds
An important nectar source for native insects
Provides food and shelter for small native birds
Grouping in garden creates an intense color show
Drought tolerant once established
Perfect for dry, well drained locations
Native to limestone crevices & bluffs of the Edwards Plateau and Trans-Pecos.
Verdin's are acrobatic native birds that love Penstemon nectar. Their surprisingly loud call make them easy to identify. Like hummingbirds, they build small nests made of spider webs and small twigs. Both sexes roost in these all year round.
Drought tolerant rock penstemon can be cut back to maintain a dense, bushy shape. Good drainage is critical to avoid root rot. Protection from direct west sun is helpful. Avoid overwatering.