At the base of the plant are lanceolate leaves that grow in a rosette pattern. From the base emerge the flower stalks, which are 2 to 5 feet high and topped with numerous deep-throated flowers, pink to red in color.
Parry's penstemon is a desert plant. It thrives in full sun. Though drought tolerant, penstemon can be damaged by several years of drought in a row. It attracts hummingbirds. That plus the unusual splash of red it provides (in an area where wildflowers tend to be yellow or blue) make it a favorite xeriscape flower.