Penstemon murrayanus Hook.
Scarlet beardtongue, Red penstemon, Cupleaf beardtongue, Cupleaf Penstemon, Scarlet Penstemon, Beard tongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PEMU2
Cupped, pale blue-green leaves surround the erect, reddish, 2-6 ft. stems of scarlet beardtongue. Scarlet, tubular, unevenly 5-lobed flowers in stalked clusters, rise in pairs from upper leaf axils.
This is considered a valuable hummingbird flower.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Flower: Flowers 1 inch long
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AR , LA , OK , TX
Native Distribution: E. TX & adjacent parts of OK, AR & LA
Native Habitat: Woodlands edge, Opening, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Various well-drained soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial garden, Showy, Blooms ornamental
Use Wildlife: A valuable hummingbird flower. Nectar-hummingbirds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1183 Collected 2008-07-24 in Anderson County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-06-21
Research By: TWC Staff