Penstemon thurberi Torr.
Thurber's Penstemon, Thurber's Beardtongue, Sand Penstemon, Sand Beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Penstemon thurberi var. anestius
USDA Symbol: PETH3
Penstemon thurberi is a 3 ft., shrub-like perennial with small, narrow, bright-green leaves on slender stems and 1/2 in., blue or pink, tubular flowers considered more interesting than showy. The growth habit is very symmetrical.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX
Native Distribution: NM & s. UT to s. CA
Native Habitat: Mesas; open, sandy or stony slopes; scrub-thickets; 2000 to 5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Sand penstemon sometimes blooms again in the fall.
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.
Commercially Avail: yes
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
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon thurberi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon thurberi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon thurberi
MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-06-19
Research By: TWC Staff