Common Name: Canyon Penstemon, Desert Penstemon Family: Plantaginaceae
Duration: Perennial Size: Up to 3 feet more or less. Growth Form: Forb/herb, shrub, subshrub; young stems glabrous, glaucous, plants bushy with multiple erect stems. Leaves: Green; Opposite or sessile, clasping, conspicuously toothed, thin, widely triangular-ovate. Flower Color: Pink, deep pink, rose-purple; corolla bilabiate, corolla tube twice as long as calyx tube, calyx lobes mostly ovate. Flowering Season: March to May and again in summer with sufficient rainfall.
Comments: Attracts hummingbirds. The clasping leaves with their marginal teeth and the shiny green color, combined with the bright pink to purple flowers are key to identifying this plant.