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Flaigg, Norman G.
Penstemon palmeri Gray
Palmer's penstemon, Scented beardtongue, Scented penstemon
USDA Symbol: pepa8
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
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
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, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff