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Growing Penstemon parryi: 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 the bottom inside the tube, 3/4" to 1" long, arrayed on a tall spike.
Bloom: Late winter into spring.
Fruit: Seed capsule.
Leaves: Green to blue-green, lance-shaped, long, clasping its stem on opposite sides.
Stems: No thorns, reddish, sometimes drooping.
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. It does 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: Remove lower branches that are broken or dead after the last freeze.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Seed planted in the fall. Seed planted in the spring may not sprout until the second year unless cold stratified.
Uses: Ornamental, butterfly and hummingbird garden.

This plant is a member of the Penstemon and Plantain family (Plantaginaceae).

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Latest update: May, 2021.

Penstemon parryi: Parry's Penstemon - flower

Penstemon parryi: Parry's Penstemon - flowers

Penstemon parryi: Parry's Penstemon - seed pod

Penstemon parryi: Parry's Penstemon