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Penstemon thurberi (Thurber's penstemon)
Anderson, Wynn

Penstemon thurberi

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

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: 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 Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Sand penstemon sometimes blooms again in the fall.

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 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 Directory

According 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 resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-06-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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