Penstemon palmeri (Palmer penstemon)

Drought tolerant perennial; full sunlight. Soft pink flowers bloom May to July along tall stout stems. Prefers open exposed areas such as rocky hillsides, road banks, gravel pits or gravelly washes. Basal leaves are semi-evergreen and are palatable to livestock and wildlife during spring and winter. A very drought hardy plant recommended for re-vegetating disturbed sites, especially on limestone soils.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Single crown

Mature Height: 42 in.

Bloom Color: pink to purple

Bloom Period: Late spring

Annual Precipitation: 6-14 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: High

Nitrogen Fixation: None

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: None 

CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

pH Range: 6.0-7.9


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 586,000

Seeding Rate: 1.2 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

Cedar - Cedar was selected for ability to establish in erosion control and revegetation seedings. Persistent, provides succulent winter forage for wildlife. (Released 1985, source of ecotype: Iron County, UT)