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Penstemon azureus (Azure penstemon)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Penstemon azureus

Penstemon azureus Benth.

Azure penstemon, Sky-blue beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: PEAZ

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The basal stems of this perennial are subwoody and much branched, bearing narrow, blue-green leaves. The 8-20 in., flowering stalks carry many large, strongly two-lipped, blue to purple flowers which are yellow in bud. The plant maintains a neat, tidy habit.

Sky-blue Beardtongue attracts hummingbirds.

 

Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: Sierra foothills from Fresno Co., n. to s.w. OR
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes & banks; 3500-7500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained, dry soil.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Propagation

Description: Propagate using half-woody cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds germinate without pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Penstemon azureus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon azureus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon azureus

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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