Penstemon laetus A. Gray
Mountain Blue Penstemon, Mountain Blue Beardtongue, Western Gray Penstemon, Western Gray Beardtongue, Gray Penstemon, Gray Beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PELA7
Woody at the base, this 1-3 ft. penstemon has several slender, purplish stems; gray-velvety leaves; and blue-violet, widely gaping, tubular flowers in few-flowered, open clusters. At maturity the clumped perennial can be up to 2 ft. wide.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: C. to s.w. OR, s. to Ventura Co., CA & w. NV
Native Habitat: Dry, open, rocky slopes & flats
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Seeds germinate without difficulty although seedlings are easy prey to damp off. The root crown may be divided.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon laetus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon laetus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon laetus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-07-17
Research By: TWC Staff