|Photo from Back to Natives Restoration|
The Penstemon spectabilis, or showy Penstemon, shown above, is a perennial native to coastal Southern California. Hummingbirds love its iridescent purple-blue flowers that bloom in the spring. Plant it in full sun and water as little as 4-inches a year once it's established.
Plant natives in the fall or winter so they become acclimated. During the summer give the plant a little water in the early morning to encourage blooming and to keep natives from going dormant.
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