Penstemon ambiguus close-up Photo of Penstemon ambiguus Torr. Photo of Penstemon ambiguus Torr.
Common Name Sand Penstemon, Bush Penstemon, Gilia Penstemon, Gilia Beardtongue
Latin Name Penstemon ambiguus
Native Habitat Southwest plains and mesas from 2,500 to 6,500 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite or sand preferred, low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width 1 foot X 1 foot, maximum 4 feet X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Green evergreen leaves, white
Garden Suitability Thornless, Mountain, Butterfly, Fire Retardant
Ornamental Value Green leaves, white flowers in spring
Nature Value Butterflies and bees use flowers
Native American Uses Medicinal, ceremonial
Links  
    Images and data http://www.plantsofthesouthwest.com/cgi-bin/plantview.cgi?_recordnum=1163
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Scrophulariaceae/Penstemon_ambiguus.html
    Images and data http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/nativeshrubs/penstemonambigu.htm
    Images and data http://museum.utep.edu/chih/gardens/plants/NtoQ/pensambi.htm
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PEAM
    Images and data http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~awolfe/Penstemon/spp/Pambiguus.html
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