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Penstemon fendleri Torr. & A. Gray
Fendler's Penstemon, Fendler's Beardtongue, Fendler Penstemon, Fendler Beardtongue, Purple Foxglove
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PEFE
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This perennial grows 12-24 in. tall, slender and erect. The stem and thick, opposite leaves have a whitish look, making the plant appear pale- or grayish-green. The inflorescence is sometimes more than half the height of the plant, with soft lavender flowers growing in loose cluster of 2-3 up the stem. The petals are joined, forming a two-lipped, funnel-shaped blossom.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Lavender to violet or bluish, with violet or reddish purple nectar guides.
DistributionUSA: AZ , KS , NM , OK , TX
Native Distribution: S.w. KS, s. to w. TX, s.e. AZ, and Chihuahua in Mex.
Native Habitat: Prairies; mountains at lower elevations
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Calcareous, rocky or sandy soils.
BenefitNectar Source: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1314 Collected 2009-06-02 in Presidio County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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 fendleri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon fendleri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon fendleri
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-22
Research By: TWC Staff