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Penstemon labrosus

Penstemon labrosus (A. Gray) Hook. f.

San Gabriel Penstemon, San Gabriel Beardtongue, Southern Scarlet Penstemon, Southern Scarlet Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Symbol: PELA6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

With the smallest leaf mass of any penstemon, this plantís leaves lay on the ground and blend in with the pine needles. The flowering stalks are 2 1/2 ft. tall and bear a series of strongly two-lipped, bright-red flowers.


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: S. from the mts. of Ventura to San Diego Cos., CA
Native Habitat: Fairly dry, wooded slopes & benches; 5000-10,000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Needs about 12-15 in. of precipitation per year. This is an easy plant to grow. It is garden-, cold- and shade-tolerant.

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 using half-woody cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
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:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ

Additional resources

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


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

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