Penstemon parryi
Parry's Penstemon

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Part ShadeBird Friendly
Parry's Penstemon
Penstemon parryi

One of the earliest of the showy spring wildflowers. Slim flower wands up to 3’ tall, are adorned with pink to pinkish purple bell-shaped flowers. Parry's Penstemon naturalizes easily because of its ability to self-sow reliably in desert gardens. Colorful addition to xeric and butterfly gardens.

Purple-pink flowers attract hummingbirds in large numbers
Nectar plant for pipevine swallowtail butterflies
An important nectar source for native bees
Adds a pop of color to the early spring garden
Good choice for xeriscape and butterfly gardens
Suitable for a dry meadow or hillside garden

Native Range

Native to southern Arizona and Sonora Mexico at elevations of 1500-5000ft.

Interesting Facts

There are eighteen different species of hummingbirds found in the deserts and mountains of southeast Arizona, more than any other state except Texas. While some of these species are quite common, others are only fleeting visitors from Mexico.

This eye-catching species is often used in highway seeding mixes, which has expanded its range. Look for bright pink to purplish pink splashes of color in early spring. Parry’s Penstemon will self-sow in these situations providing nectar for wildlife.


Low maintenance, remove of old flowering stalks.

Mature Size: 3-4ft. Tall x 1-2ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 8-10

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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