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Penstemon fendleri

Fendler's penstemon, Fendler's beardtongue, Fendler penstemon, Fendler beardtongue, Purple foxglove

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Penstemon fendleri (Fendler's penstemon)
Schwartzman, Steven
This perennial grows 12-18 in. tall, slender and erect. The stem and thick, opposite leaves have a whitish look, making the plant appear pale- or grayish-green. The inflorescence is sometimes more than half the height of the plant, with soft lavender flowers growing in loose cluster of 2-3 up the stem. The petals are joined, forming a two-lipped, funnel-shaped blossom.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , KS , NM , OK , TX
Native Distribution: S.w. KS, s. to w. TX, s.e. AZ, and Chihuahua in Mex.
Native Habitat: Prairies; mountains at lower elevations

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Calcareous, rocky or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Nectar Source: yes

Last Update: 2014-07-17