Penstemon palmeri - Palmer's Penstemon Penstemon palmeri - Palmer's Penstemon Photo of Penstemon palmeri Gray
Common Name Palmer's Penstemon,  Balloon Flower, Desert Snapdragon, Scented Penstemon
Latin Name Penstemon palmeri
Family Scrophulariaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 10-13 / 6-10
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Between 2,000 feet and 7,000 feet in southwest
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width 2 feet X 1 foot
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Evergreen rosette, silver
Flowers Showy pink flowers in spring, aromatic
Roots / Bark  
Maintnenance Low
Propagagtion Seeds
Pests and diseases  
Landscape uses Ground cover, container, rock garden, borders, low maintenance, fire retardant, foliage accent, parkways, bedding, cut flowers
Garden Suitability Thornless, Hummingbird, Songbird, Mountain, Butterfly, Fire Retardant, Fragrance
Ornamental Value Showy pink flowers in spring, aromatic
Nature Value Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds use flowers, songbirds eat seeds
Native American Uses Medicinal
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