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Penstemon albidus (White penstemon)
Reveal, James L.

Penstemon albidus

Penstemon albidus Nutt.

White Penstemon, White Beardtongue, Red-line Penstemon, Red-line Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Symbol: PEAL2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A stout, erect, 8-20 in. perennial with broad, rough leaves and a densely flowered spike of large, tubular blossoms. Flowers are white, sometimes with a pale pinkish or lavender tube.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Usually with red or reddish purple nectar guides.


USA: CO , IA , KS , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , WY
Canada: AB , SK
Native Distribution: S. Man. & Alt., s. through w. MN & n.w. IA, to w. OK, n. TX & n.e. NM
Native Habitat: Gravelly or sandy grasslands

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy, rocky, well-drained soils.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

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


Description: Tip and internode cuttings will likely root. Propagation is also possible by seed.
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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