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Penstemon ophianthus

Penstemon ophianthus Pennell

Arizona Beardtongue, Coiled Anther Penstemon

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)

Synonym(s): Penstemon jamesii ssp. ophianthus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Lavender to violet, with deep violet nectar guides.


USA: AZ , CO , NM , UT
Native Habitat: Sandy, gravelly or clayey soils, sagebrush shrublands, pinyon-juniper and oak woodlands, ponderosa pine forests.

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


Record Modified: 2020-11-09
Research By: CBR

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