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Penstemon pseudospectabilis (Desert penstemon)
Flaigg, Lillian G.

Penstemon pseudospectabilis

Penstemon pseudospectabilis M.E. Jones

Desert penstemon, Rosy desert beardtongue, Canyon penstemon, Mohave beard-tongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Rosy desert beardtongue is a bushy plant, 2-3 ft. tall, with shocking pink flowers. Large, crisp, reddish-green, evergreen leaves are fused together around the stem.

The bright flowers attract hummingbirds.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , CA , NM , UT
Native Distribution: S.w. NM to s.e. CA
Native Habitat: Deserts, washes & canyons; 2000 to 7000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with 1 month cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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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:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Penstemon pseudospectabilis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon pseudospectabilis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon pseudospectabilis


Record Last Modified: 2010-07-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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