Desert Penstemon

Penstemon pseudospectabilis

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Perennial
Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Plant Description: Semi evergreen perennial native to New Mexico. Bright pink to red tubular flowers bloom in summer. Large, gray-green leaves contrast nicely with the flowers. Prefers hot locations with dry, well-drained soils.


Maintenance Type: Perennial - Herbaceous
Plant Care: Perennial - Herbaceous (soft-stemmed plants that die back in winter and regrow in spring): Remove spent blooms to promote rebloom later. Some plants tend to flop over after the first bloom and attempt to regrow from the base; in these cases, the old stems can be cut away in summer. As plants become dormant in the fall, remove dead leaves and stems.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 36" tall x 18" wide
Utah Native: No
Plant Select: Yes
Pollinator Friendly: Yes
Localscapes: Infill Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Gray-green
Bloom Colors: Pink, Red
Bloom Seasons: Summer
Bloom Period: Jun - Jul

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 5 to 10
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Very Low (Water to Establish)
Salt Tolerant: Unknown
Deer Resistant: Yes

Garden Location:

  • Not on display
    • Not on display
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter