UPDATED January 20145!! Accepting applications for Special Project Grants.

The purpose of the APS Special Projects Program is to stimulate activities that promote knowledge and appreciation of Penstemons. More information here

The home page shows Penstemon harbourii. Photograph courtesy Bob and Rebecca Skowron

Welcome to the site dedicated to all things Penstemon - an exclusive family of flowering plants found only in North America. Their 280 species include some of our most beautiful wildflowers. Penstemons can be found in a wide variety of habitats ranging from the mountains of Guatamala to the tundra of Canada and Alaska. They have also been adapted as wonderful plants for our gardens. In addition to the natural species there are over 800 cultivars and hybrids that have been developed by plant breeders over the last 300+ years. Penstemons range in size from an inch or so to over seven feet in height and the color range of their flowers covers the spectrum.


This site has been developed to collect and present a wealth of information on;

This site is also the home of the American Penstemon Society, an organization founded in 1946 to study and adapt penstemons to gardens. We are an organization of over 300 members worldwide and invite you to visit our site often. If you have interest in joining us please click here for membership information.

The importance of our mission is driven home by this article on seed poaching in National Parks


In addition to this website, the American Penstemon Society has a discussion forum called Penstemon-L. Follow this link to become a member of Penstemon-L.

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