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Penstemon caespitosus (Mat penstemon)
Reveal, James L.

Penstemon caespitosus

Penstemon caespitosus Nutt. ex A. Gray

Mat Penstemon, Mat Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Symbol: PECA4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems prostrate with ascending tip, up to about 4 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CO , UT , WY

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

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
Webref 15 - The American Southwest (1994) John Crossley

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-11-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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