Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_palmeri
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Peltanthera Peltanthera
GeneralPalmer’s Penstemon. Blooms: May to August.
Antherexplanate (flat), widely divaricate (spreading), white smooth.
StaminodeLong-exserted, densely bearded, deeply curved and dilated at tip.
Leaves15 cm (6”) long & ½-1/3 as wide; lower leaves to 10 cm (4”) & 1/3 as wide, connate (joined around stems), (leaves in 2 species shorter; rarely, all leaves vary to medium width, 1/5 as wide as long), silver-bluish.
Stems5-18 dm (20-64”) tall.
InflorescenseHerbage usually pubescent (hairy), cyme usually 1-2 cm (to Ύ”) long, 1-4 flowered, inflorescence can be ½ the height of the plant, secund (blooms on one side of stem).
Corolla25-40 mm (1-11/2”) long, white tinged pink to deep pink, balloon-shape, sometimes glabrous (hairless), usually large, lobes very large (1/2 length of corolla) red-violet guidelines, intense clover-like scent (attractive to bumblebees).
Flower Color
Calyx4-6 mm (1/4”) long, lobes usually ovate.
HabitatWashes, roadside, canyon floors, in creosote-bush scrub to juniper/pinyon woodland; 1100-2300 m (3700-7700’) elev.
RangeVar. palmeri: corolla tube 4-6 mm (1/4”) long, inflorescence sticky-pubescent, sw UT, NV, e Desert Mts. of se CA, c AZ (introduced in ID and elsewhere). var. macranthus: Corolla tube 7-8 mm (3/8”) long, leaves sometimes not connate, nc NV. var: eglandulosus: Corolla tube 4-6 mm long, inflorescence and stems NOT hairy pubescent, s UT.