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Penstemon jamesii

Penstemon jamesii Benth.

James's Penstemon, James's Beardtongue, James Penstemon, James Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Penstemon brevibarbatus, Penstemon jamesii ssp. typicus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Penstemon jamesii is a variable penstemon across its range, averaging 1 ft. tall, with white to purplish, pouched flowers in crowded, one-sided racemes. Linear to lance-shaped leaves line the few erect stems.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: White to lavender to purplish, pink, or violet, with magenta or violet-blue nectar guides.


USA: CO , KS , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Extreme s.w. KS, s.e. CO & s. UT, s. to w. TX & n. AZ
Native Habitat: Mesas; limestone hills; pinyon-juniper & pondersona pine associations

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy loam to gravelly soils.

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: Propagate by seed.
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski

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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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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