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Penstemon parryi (Parry's penstemon)
Anderson, Wynn

Penstemon parryi

Penstemon parryi (A. Gray) A. Gray

Parry's Penstemon, Parry's Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Symbol: PEPA24

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Long spikes of pink, tubular flowers line the upper portion of this perennialís 2-4+ ft. stems. The flowers occur in clusters at the ends of short, paired stalks. 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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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall, often shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Rose pink to magenta, with reddish purple nectar guides. Occasionally light pink to white.


Native Distribution: S. AZ & Sonora
Native Habitat: Mountain canyons; desert washes; grassland slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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


Description: Propagate by seed.
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 Directory

According 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


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

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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