Common Name Gilia Beardtongue, Gilia Penstemon, Sand Penstemon, Pink Plains Penstemon
Latin Name Penstemon ambiguus
Native Habitat Sandy mesas and grasslands of southwestern USA from 2,500 to 6,500 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite or sand preferred, low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width 2 feet X 2 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Green evergreen leaves or cold stressdeciduous
Garden Suitability Mountain, Thornless, Butterfly, Fire Retardant
Ornamental Value Uniquely showy light-pink flowered species for its extravagant late spring display
Nature Value Attracts butterflies and nectar insects
Native American Uses Medicinal
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