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Penstemon rostriflorus Kellogg
Beaked beardtongue, Bridge penstemon, Mountain scarlet penstemon
Synonyms: Penstemon bridgesii
USDA Symbol: pero10
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The low, much-branched, sub-woody base of beaked beardtongue or Bridges penstemon sends up 2-3 ft. stems which bear narrowly spoon-shaped, yellow-green leaves and large, conspicuously two-lipped, scarlet-red flowers.
This penstemon thrives in areas with cooler summer temperatures and some summer water.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , UT Native Distribution:
S.w. CO & w. NM, w. to CA Sierras Native Habitat:
Dry slopes in pinyon & ponderosa pine forests; 4500 to 10,000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Likes cooler summer temps and some summer water.
PropagationDescription: Propagate using half-woody cuttings or 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