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Penstemon purpusii Brandegee
Snow Mountain beardtongue, Snow mountain penstemon
USDA Symbol: pepu4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The stems of this penstemon are 4-8 in. long, laying on the ground and rooting with age. The overlapping leaves are broad and short, but strongly curled up to prevent water loss. The over plant is about 1 ft. wide. Flowers occur only a few inched above the leaves, with red buds and uncommonly large gaping, blue or blue-purple flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
Coast Range peaks Native Habitat:
Dry, open, stony slopes; 5000-7600 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Loose talus.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagate using half-woody cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff