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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Penstemon palmeri - Palmer's penstemon

Other Common Names: scented beardtongue, scented penstemon
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Scrophulariaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: The tallest penstemon in the Southwest and one of the few fragrant penstemons. The flowers are designed for bee pollination, providing a landing platform and a swollen tube to accommodate the chubby bodies of bumblebees.
Height: 5 to 6 feet


Habitat Description: Desert scrub, oak/pinyon/juniper woods and montane; along washes, slopes, among sagebrush, canyon floors.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3400 - 6500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Pale pink to light purple     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Mar - Sep
Description: Large-mouthed flowers, 1-1/2 inches long, in an open or a dense spike cluster, 3 inches long; each balloon-like bloom has two lobes flaring backwards and three lobes bending downward; lobes are streaked with magenta.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leathery leaves, 1 to 5 inches long with toothed or wavy margins; opposite leaves are joined at their bases at the stem.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Tan   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Erect cup-shaped capsules, 1/2 inch long.

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