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Penstemon procerus var. tolmiei

Penstemon procerus Douglas ex Graham var. tolmiei (Hook.) Cronquist

Tolmie's Penstemon, Tolmie's Beardtongue, Small-flowered Penstemon, Small-flowered Beardtongue

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Penstemon procerus ssp. tolmiei, Penstemon tolmiei


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A wholly herbaceous penstemon forming dainty, matted tufts of short, narrow basal leaves. From each rosette emerges a 2-8 in. flower stalk tipped with a dense cluster of brilliant blue-purple flowers, each small and tubular.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


Canada: BC
Native Distribution: Mts. of WA & s. B.C.
Native Habitat: Exposed, rocky mid- to high-elevation sites

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

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: Propagates from rosette cuttings and from seeds.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Stratification greatly improves germination.
Commercially Avail: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Penstemon procerus var. tolmiei in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon procerus var. tolmiei in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon procerus var. tolmiei


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

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