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Penstemon parryi (A. Gray) A. Gray
Parry's beardtongue, Parry's penstemon
USDA Symbol: PEPA24
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Long spikes of pink, tubular flowers line the upper portion of this perennialís 2-3 ft. stems. The flowers occur in clusters at the ends of short, paired stalks. Several erect, sparsely leaved stems with pinkish-lavender, bilaterally symmetrical flowers in a long, open, interrupted cluster. In favorable situations this penstemon produces 4 ft. stems. The paired leaves are pale green and arrow-shaped.
This handsome species is commonly included in highway seeding mixes, which has expanded its range. Along highways it may provide spectacular splashes of color against grasses still brown from winter.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: AZ Native Distribution:
& Sonora Native Habitat:
Mountain canyons; desert washes; grassland slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Tohono Chul Park, Inc.
- Tucson, AZNative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff