Palmer's Penstemon

Scientific Name:

Penstemon palmeri

Type:

Herbaceous Plant

Habitat:

Rocky areas in desert mountains and grasslands at elevations between 3,500 to 6,500 feet.

Range:

Western part of the United States, except for Oregon

Status:

No listed status

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Flower color can range from white to lavender pink. The flower consists of a five-lobed calyx of sepals and is bilaterally symmetrical. The leaves are thick and coarsely toothed, and are arranged opposite each other. The height of the plant can be between 3.5 and 7 ft tall.

Fast Facts:

  • Palmer’s penstemon was named after the botanist Edward Palmer.

  • They are useful in controlling erosion and in treating disturbed sites such as after a fire.

  • These plants thrive in disturbed soils that are well drained. They are also drought tolerant.

  • Palmer's penstemon are part of the figwort family.

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