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Penstemon glaber (Saw-sepal penstemon)
Smith, R.W.

Penstemon glaber

Penstemon glaber Pursh

Saw-sepal Penstemon, Saw-sepal Beardtongue, Western Smooth Penstemon, Western Smooth Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Symbol: PEGL3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Stout perennial with large, trumpet-shaped flowers and glossy, dark green leaves. 18-20 in. tall on the average, but may be shorter or taller depending on environment. Flower color is also dependent on environment - brilliant blue in dry months, almost white during wet periods. Forms many-stemmed crown with age.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


USA: CO , MT , ND , NE , NM , SD , WY
Native Distribution: SD, ND, e. WY, e. CO, Rosebud & Powder River Cos., MT & NE Panhandle
Native Habitat: High plains; mountains

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy to gravelly soils
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-04-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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