Penstemon palmeri var. palmeri

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Penstemon palmeri var. palmeri
Penstemon palmeri var. palmeri
Penstemon palmeri var. palmeri

Species Name: Penstemon palmeri var. palmeri
Common Name: Palmer's Penstemon

Showy pink penstemon. The only penstemon with fragrant flowers. Suited for dry, rocky slopes and deserts. Can tolerate clay soils.

Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 3' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Pink
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Eastern Mojave Desert
Natural Habitat: Washes, roadsides, canyon floors, creosote bush scrub to juniper/pinyon woodland to 6,900'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A somewhat spreading plant with smooth, often glaucous foliage and growing 2 to 4 feet high. The flowers are large, flesh-colored or pink and very showy. This is really one of the finest of all the native pentstemons. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.