Penstemon palmeri A. Gray
Palmer's penstemon, Scented beardtongue, Scented penstemon
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PEPA8
This is one of the few fragrant penstemons. Its sub-woody, branched stems bear oblong, grayish leaves which ascend the stalk in fused pairs. A few sparsely-leaved, erect, stout stems have swollen white to reddish-pink bilaterally symmetrical flowers mostly turned to one side in a long, narrow cluster. Flowers spikes can reach 4-5 ft. in height and bear a profusion of large, white flowers tinged with pink.
This is one of the most delightful species of Penstemon, its cheery puffed-up flowers exquisitely fragrant.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , ID , NM , NV , UT
Native Distribution: S. CA to AZ & UT
Native Habitat: Washes & rocky areas in desert mts. & grasslands; 3500 to 6500 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky 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 using half-woody cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification but it is not necessary. It has been shown that germination is greatly enhanced with GA3.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
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 palmeri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon palmeri in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff