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Penstemon cardinalis (Cardinal penstemon)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Penstemon cardinalis

Penstemon cardinalis Woot. & Standl.

Cardinal Penstemon, Cardinal Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Symbol: PECA15

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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