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Penstemon speciosus Dougl. ex Lindl.
Royal beardtongue, Royal penstemon, Sagebrush penstemon
USDA Symbol: PESP
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The subshrubby branches of this clumped perennial rise to 2 ft. and bear narrow, spoon-shaped leaves. The racemes of flowers, borne many to each plant, carry close wands of gaping blue flowers.
Royal Beardtongue is a member of the figwort or snapdragon family (family Scrophulariaceae), which includes mostly herbs, sometimes shrubs, rarely trees, often with showy flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
CA , ID , NV , OR , UT , WA Native Distribution:
E. WA to CA, e. to ID & n.e. UT Native Habitat:
Dry plains; wooded or shrubby slopes; 3500-8500 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy or rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Drought-tolerant.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagate using half-woody cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff