Sunset Crater Penstemon (Penstemon clutei) in the Penstemons Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Gray-green; Blue-green
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Deep pink; Sunset pink; Pink/rose to violet; Bright pink
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading ensures a continual flush of new blossoms.
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Alpine Gardening
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Re-seeds readily


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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Apr 1, 2013 10:57 PM

"Penstemon clutei is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family known by the common name Sunset Crater beardtongue. It is endemic to Arizona, where it is known only from a system of volcanic cinder cones, including Sunset Crater, in Coconino County.

This perennial herb grows up to 80 centimeters tall. It has waxy, serrated leaves and blooms in tubular pink flowers between April and August.

This plant grows only on volcanic fields around Sunset Crater in one Arizona county. It grows in openings and around Ponderosa pines. It is a fire-adapted species. It may be threatened by off-road vehicle use and by hybridization with other Penstemon."

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