Royal beardtongue, Royal penstemon, Sagebrush penstemon
USDA Symbol: PESP
USDA Native Status:
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: 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.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy or rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Drought-tolerant.
BenefitConspicuous 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.
PropagationDescription: Propagate using half-woody cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon speciosus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon speciosus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon speciosus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff