Penstemon palmeri var. palmeri
Color: Pink to violet
Common name: Palmer's penstemon
Latin name: Penstemon palmeri var. palmeri
Height: 20-79 inches
Description: Palmer's penstemon grows erect and has a five-lobed calyx of sepals and a cylindrical corolla and may have an expanded throat. The sterile stamen is partially hairy. The showy, rounded flower has large pink to violet to blue-purple petals. Occasional specimens are red, yellow, or white flowered.
Leaf: The leaves are generally oppositely arranged and have toothed margins.
Range: e Mojave Desert
Habitat: Washes, roadsides, canyon floors, in creosote-bush scrub to pinyon/juniper woodland
Elevation: 1100–2300 m.
Flowering time: May–Jun
Notes: Penstemon palmeri is a drought-tolerant plant, preferring well draining drier soils. It is a dicot that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. The plant is named after the botanist Edward Palmer. The photo was made in the Providence Mountains in the Mojave National Preserve and can be commonly seen along Kelbaker Road in the Preserve.
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