Scientific Name: Penstemon parryi
Common Names: Parry's Beardtongue, Parry's Penstemon
Growth Habit: Herb/Forb
Arizona Native Status: Native
Habitat: Desert, Upland
Flower Color: Pink to lavender pink
Flowering Season: Spring
Height: To 40 inches (1 m) tall
Description: The tubular, 3/4 inch (1.9 cm) long flowers have a hairy lower "mouth", two upper lobes, and three, forward-projecting lower lobes. The leaves are bluish green, opposite, and ovate to narrowly lanceolate.
Both the plants and seeds are commercially available. This attractive spring wildflower does well in xeriscape gardens and is a good choice for a butterfly garden.
Butterfly Plant – The flowers attract butterflies like Pipevine Swallowtails (Battus philenor).
Hummingbird Flower – The tubular, nectar-filled 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 parryi (A. Gray) A. Gray – Parry's beardtongue
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