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Penstemon gormanii

Penstemon gormanii Greene

Gorman's Penstemon, Gorman's Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)



USDA Native Status: AK (N), CAN (N)

Clumps of stems, up to 16 in. tall, rise from a taproot. Basal leaves are oblong and petiolate; those on the stem are lineara and sessile. The tubular flowers with lobed lips vary considerably in color from violet to blue-purple. They are paler and hairy within. Flowers occur in elongate, terminal clusters.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


Canada: BC , NT , YT
Native Distribution: E.c. AK, s.w. Yukon & extreme n. B.C.
Native Habitat: Dry, mt. slopes to 3000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, sandy or gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Penstemon eriantherus is closely related but its range is to the south.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant 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.


Description: Propagation is by seed and rarely by division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2014-07-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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