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Penstemon parryi

Parry's Beardtontue, Pentemon parryi, photo © by Michael Plagens

Pentemon parryi flowers in bloom at Peppersauce Canyon, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA on 19 April 2010.

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FLOWERS: The stunning magenta-pink flowers have attracted a lot of attention from xeriscape gardeners because these plants put on such a show of color while requiring minimum irrigation. The flowers are tubular, two-lipped, and arranged in spikes with several flowers at each node. Blooming mid to late spring.

PERENNIAL: An herbaceous plant regrowing from a perennial root-stock each spring. Some stems may surpass 1½ m tall; mature plants may have a dozen or more stems from base.

LEAVES: Leaves are lanceolate to linear and are opposite on the stems. Color of leaves is ashy-green due to a thin layer of waxy material that helps the plant retain water. The leaves are sessile.

Leaves of Penstemon parryi are opposite on the stem, i.e. two leaves at each node.

RANGE: Fairly common in the mid to upper elevations ( above 600 meters) of the Sonoran Desert mostly in the southeastern portions of Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Also found in habitats higher in elevation such as desert grasslands, open oak woodlands and chaparral.

FRUIT: Dry capsules with a number of seeds.


Scrophulariaceae -- Figwort Family

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