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Penstemon barbatus (Cav.) Roth
Beard-lip beardtongue, Beardlip penstemon, Red penstemon, Scarlet bugler
USDA Symbol: peba2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Slender, bilaterally symmetrical, scarlet flowers hanging slightly in a long open cluster above sparsely leaved stems. Brilliant scarlet flowers are borne in profusion on the 2-4 ft. stalks of this penstemon. Blooms appear most profusely in the spring and again in the fall. Leaves are paired and the flowers are two-lipped.
This species is one of several penstemons with scarlet corollas. The genus name, from the Greek pen (almost) and stemon (thread), refers to the slender fifth, sterile stamen.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AZ , CO , MA , NM , TX , UT Native Distribution:
From Mex. through Trans Pecos & NM to the c. Rockies Native Habitat:
Mesas; mountains USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff