Penstemon pennellianus

Blue Mountain Penstemon

Clumps of basal leaves with erect stout stems. Basal leaves thick, narrow, oblong, entire, 3–10 in. long, with long petioles; stem leaves clasping, largest leaves midstem, widely oval, with pointed tips. Flowers in well-spaced cluster, becoming tighter above. Blue to purple flowers, bulging on one side, are 1–1 1/2 in. long, with short-haired staminode at throat, sparsely hairy anthers just inside. Grows in rocky soils in mountains.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 10--18 inches
  • Habitat: East-Side Forest, Subalpine, Dry Rocky Sites
  • Found In: Blue Mountains
  • Native: Yes

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