Penstemon payettensis

Payette Penstemon

Compact clump with woody base, few to many stems. Leaves thick, bright green, widely oval, entire, hairless; lower leaves with long petioles; upper leaves clasping flower stem. Flowers in small clusters along upper stem. Flower about 1 in. long, bright purple-blue, hairless or with few hairs just inside widely open throat; staminode hairless. Grows on sandy or rocky soils at low to moderately high elevations in mountains. Named for Payette National Forest, Idaho, where it was first found.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--24 inches
  • Habitat: East-Side Forest, Subalpine
  • Found In: Wallowas
  • Native: Yes