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Penstemon purpusii

Penstemon purpusii Brandegee

Snow Mountain beardtongue, Snow mountain penstemon

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: N.w. CA Coast Range peaks
Native Habitat: Dry, open, stony slopes; 5000-7600 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Loose talus.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: Propagate using half-woody cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Penstemon purpusii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon purpusii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon purpusii


Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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