Penstemon deustus Douglas ex Lindl.
Scabland Penstemon, Scabland Beardtongue, Hot-rock Penstemon, Hot-rock Beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PEDE4
The stems grow in clusters from a woody base and have dingy white or cream bilaterally symmetrical flowers in several whorls in axils of leafy bracts. The sub-shrubby branches of this perennial form clumps 8-24 in. high. Its leaves are toothed and bright green, subtending short, whorled clusters of yellowish flowers, marked purple. The flowers are more interesing (at close range) than showy.
In a huge western genus of more than 200 species, this will serve to represent the few with white flowers. Few species of these lovely wildflowers are fragrant, most having a mildly unpleasant odor, especially noticeable in Hot Rock Penstemon.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: C. WA to w. MT, s. to CA, NV & Box Elder Co., UT
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky areas below 8000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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 but is not necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon deustus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon deustus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon deustus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-07-17
Research By: TWC Staff