Penstemon rostriflorus Kellogg
Beaked beardtongue, Bridge penstemon, Mountain scarlet penstemon
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Penstemon bridgesii, Penstemon bridgesii var. amplexicaulis
USDA Symbol: pero10
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Likes cooler summer temps and some summer water.
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: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon rostriflorus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon rostriflorus in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff