Parry's beardtongue, Parry's penstemon
USDA Symbol: PEPA24
USDA Native Status:
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
Native Distribution: S. AZ & 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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon parryi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon parryi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon parryi
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff