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Penstemon wrightii (Wright's penstemon)
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Penstemon wrightii

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 (1837-1852), Cuba and his native Connecticut.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom 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 Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

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
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX


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


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

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