Oregon Sunshine is both an excellent rock garden or perennial bed addition as well as a pollinator plant. It provides habitat for native beetles, flies, moths, bees, and butterflies. It is incredibly drought tolerant and is found growing in dry, rocky or sandy soil.
With 280 Penstemon (Beardtongue) species native to North America, these showy plants share similar tubular flowers of varying colors and perform best in dry, well-drained soils. They're so well loved an American Penstemon Society was formed by gardeners in the 1940s. You too can join!
This widely recognized species has the ability to grow in nutrient poor soils as it is a nitrogen fixer, meaning it has the ability to take in nitrogen from the atmosphere and convert into fertilizer. Not only that, it is quite beautiful, and numerous cultivars and hybrids have been produced for the home garden. Beware however that some Lupines are poisonous to livestock, so be mindful of your neighbors!