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Ash Penstemon
Penstemon cinicola
About Ash Penstemon (Penstemon cinicola) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Penstemon cinicola is a species of penstemon known by the common name ash penstemon. It is native to northeastern California and southern Oregon, where it grows in forests and plateau habitat. It is a perennial herb with upright branches 40 centimeters in maximum height. The leaves are 3 to 6 centimeters long, linear in shape, folded lengthwise, and curved backwards. The flower cluster produces tubular flowers with wide lipped mouths. The flower is blue-purple in color, just under a centimeter long, and hairless except for hairs on the floor of the mouth and on the staminode.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

0.49 - 1.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue, Purple

Wildlife Supported


Landscaping Information
Part Shade

Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry rocky places

Annual Precipitation: 15.0" - 73.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.85" - 2.79", Coldest Month: 25.3" - 47.0", Hottest Month: 47.6" - 69.7", Humidity: 0.53" - 19.53", Elevation: 2720" - 9075"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Ash Beardtongue

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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