Scientific Name: Penstemon palmeri
Common Names: Palmer's Penstemon, Palmer Penstemon
Growth Habit: Subshrub, Herb/Forb
Arizona Native Status: Native
Habitat: Desert (upper elevation), Upland, Mountain. This showy wildflower grows at elevations between 3500 and 6500 feet (1067 and 1981 m).
Flower Color: Pale pink, Lavender
Flowering Season: Spring, Summer
Height: To 5 feet (1.5 m) tall
Description: The flowers are in clusters on tall, upright flower stalks. The individual flowers are broadly tubular, 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) long, large-mouthed, and have 2 upper lobes and 3 reflexed, magenta-lined lower lobes. The leaves are opposite, glaucous blue-green in color, toothed, and triangular in shape. The upper leaf bases are joined together around the stems, forming boat-like leaf pairs.
The similar Desert Penstemon (Penstemon pseudospectabilis) also has boat-like, joined stem leaves, but it has green leaves and smaller, brighter pink, non-fragrant flowers.
Fragrant – The flowers have a sweet, rose-like, floral fragrance. The other penstemons found here are not fragrant.
Hummingbird Flower – The flowers attract hummingbirds.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family: Scrophulariaceae – Figwort family
Genus: Penstemon Schmidel – beardtongue
Species: Penstemon palmeri A. Gray – Palmer's penstemon
More About This Plant
Arizona County Distribution Map
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