Penstemon purpusii Brandegee
Snow Mountain Penstemon, Snow Mountain Beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: pepu4
The stems of this penstemon are 4-8 in. long, laying on the ground and rooting with age. The overlapping leaves are broad and short, but strongly curled up to prevent water loss. The over plant is about 1 ft. wide. Flowers occur only a few inched above the leaves, with red buds and uncommonly large gaping, blue or blue-purple flowers.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Native Distribution: N.w. CA Coast Range peaks
Native Habitat: Dry, open, stony slopes; 5000-7600 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Loose talus.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
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
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Penstemon purpusii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Penstemon purpusii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Penstemon purpusii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-07-17
Research By: TWC Staff