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Penstemon parryi: Parry's Beardtongue / Parry's Penstemon

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Form: Herb.
Lifespan: Perennial.
Growth rate: Rapid.
Mature Size: 1-3' high with stalk, 1' wide.
Flowers: Pink to red, tubular with five flared broad lobes, hairy at bottom inside tube, 3/4" to 1" long, arrayed on a tall spike.
Bloom: Winter into spring.
Fruit: Seed capsule.
Leaves: Green to blue-green, lance-shaped, long, opposite, clasping stem.
Stems: No thorns, often drooping, reddish.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds and large butterflies.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Arizona and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 8b-10.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade. Better with afternoon shade in high temperatures.
Water once established: Once or twice a month.
Soil: Well drained, dry, sandy, pH 6.6-8.5 (neutral to alkaline).
Mulch: Decomposed granite or small gravel.
Prune: Lower branches that are broken or dead.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Seed.
Uses: Ornamental, butterfly and hummingbird garden.

Parry's Penstemon is considered easy to grow.

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Penstemon parryi: Parry's Penstemon - flower

Penstemon parryi: Parry's Penstemon - flowers

Penstemon parryi: Parry's Penstemon - seed pod

Penstemon parryi: Parry's Penstemon