Penstemon labrosus (A. Gray) Hook. f.
San Gabriel Penstemon, San Gabriel Beardtongue, Southern Scarlet Penstemon, Southern Scarlet Beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PELA6
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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Bloom InformationBloom 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 ConditionsLight 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 InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagate using half-woody cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon labrosus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon labrosus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon labrosus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-07-17
Research By: TWC Staff