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Penstemon parryi

Common name Parry's penstemon
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-10)
Flowers pink (early spring)
Size 12-36"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil, drought-tolerant

Bright pink, roundly voluptuous flowers, on stems arising from narrow bluish-graygreen leaves. Reportedly among the easier species to grow in ordinary garden soil. Native to Arizona.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence nursery area

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '20/'21 exchange, wild-collected in Arizona. Baggy 35F (59%G, 3-5w)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (13%G, 5w) - 70L (27%G, 2-5d)

Seed is reported to germinate at room temperature when fresh, but to require a cold stage after dry storage. I found it germinated generously in a baggy after about a month of cold, and quickly developed seed leaves after moving to room temperature. As with most penstemons, a little finnicky once germinated.

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