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Penstemon buckleyi Pennell
Buckley's Penstemon, Buckley's Beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PEBU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Stiff, whitish-gray stems ascend 16-30 in. and bear thick, waxy, opposite leaves. Showy, pale blue to lavender flowers are borne on a dense, leafy spike-like cluster. Each funnel-shaped flower is nestled in the axil of a floral bract. The throat is marked with prominent purple lines.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Lavender or pinkish blue, with reddish or reddish purple nectar guides.
DistributionUSA: CO , KS , NE , NM , OK , TX
Native Distribution: S.w. KS to c. TX, w. to s.e. CO & e. NM
Native Habitat: Sand dunes; high plains
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Deep, sandy soil.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Web ReferenceWebref 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon buckleyi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon buckleyi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon buckleyi
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff