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Canyon Penstemon, Desert Penstemon

Penstemon pseudospectabilis

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Hummingbirds
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
2-3' × 1-3'
Flowering Season March-May
Flower Color Bright pink
Minimum Temperature Range -20 °F
Leaf Description Toothed, clasped around the stem, roughly triangular
Fruit Chambered capsule
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Elevation Range 1000-7000 ft.
Description Found in a variety of habitats from desert washes to pine/oak woodlands across the mountains of the state from the Kofas in the west to the Chiricahuas in the East and north up to Flagstaff. The bright pink flowers on tall stalks are extremely attractive in the springtime. A beautiful planting could be made by combining this species with silver foliaged plants such as Parry's sage (Salvia parryi), sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri), and mugwort (Artemesia ludoviciana). Like the other penstemons this plant is a good addition to any mixed pollinator garden but will likely prefer partial shade at lower elevations.