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Penstemon wrightii Hook.
Wright's Penstemon, Wright's Beardtongue, Wright Penstemon, Wright Beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PEWR2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Penstemon wrightii is a 1-4 ft. perennial with red or pink, narrow, bell-shaped flowers. Stems and leaves are shiny; the leaves, occurring in pairs, are egg-shaped.
This species is named for Charles Wright, 1811-1885, world-wide botanical collector but mainly in Texas (1837-1952), Cuba and his native Connecticut.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Native Distribution: Endemic to the mts. in the Trans-Pecos, TX; common in Jeff Davis Co.
Native Habitat: Mountains in Trans-Pecos
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon wrightii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon wrightii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon wrightii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-22
Research By: TWC Staff