Alpine penstemon, Blue color mat, Davidson's penstemon, Timberline beardtongue
USDA Symbol: peda2
USDA Native Status:
A flat, mat-forming perennial with flowering branches less than 4 in. high. The thick, round leaves are dark green, sometimes red-tinged. A matted plant with a woody base and stems, opposite, crowded leaves, and blue-lavender, bilaterally symmetrical flowers clustered on short erect stems. The short flowering branches usually bear 2-4 blue-purple to rose-purple flowers that seem unusually large for such a matted plant.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CA , NV , OR , WA
Native Distribution: S. B.C. to Tulare Co., CA & NV
Native Habitat: Rocky, alpine & sub-alpine woods & fields
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained soil with some summer water.
Conditions Comments: Must have winter snowcover.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Hummingbirds
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
Seed Treatment: 1-2 months stratification is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Oregon Native Plant Nursery - Woodburn, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon davidsonii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon davidsonii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon davidsonii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff