Penstemon jamesii Benth.
James's beardtongue, James's penstemon, James beardtongue, James penstemon
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Penstemon brevibarbatus, Penstemon jamesii ssp. typicus
USDA Symbol: PEJA
James’ beardtongue is a variable penstemon across its range, averaging 1 ft. tall, with lavender to purple, pouched flowers in crowded, one-sided racemes. Linear to lance-shaped leaves line the few erect stems.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jun
DistributionUSA: CO , KS , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Extreme s.w. KS, s.e. CO & s. UT, s. to w. TX & n. AZ
Native Habitat: Mesas; limestone hills; pinyon-juniper & pondersona pine associations
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy loam to gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
BibliographyBibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-05-07
Research By: TWC Staff