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Sierra Beardtongue
Penstemon heterodoxus
About Sierra Beardtongue (Penstemon heterodoxus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Penstemon heterodoxus is a species of penstemon known by the common name Sierra beardtongue. It is native to California and western Nevada where it grows in several of the mountain ranges from the Klamath Mountains to the Sierra Nevada and the slopes and plateaus to the east. It grows in subalpine and alpine climates in mountain forests, meadows and talus. It is a perennial herb growing stems upright 65 centimeters in maximum height or in a low, spreading mat. The leaves are lance-shaped to oblong, the upper pairs sometimes clasping the stem. The hairy flower cluster is made up of 1 to 6 separate clusters of dark purple-blue tubular flowers each just over a centimeter long. The outer surface of the flower generally has hairy hairs, and on the inside there are hairs on the floor of the flower mouth and on the staminode.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

0.16 - 2.1 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Purple, Blue

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Part Shade

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

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

For propagating by seed: 2 mos. stratification (Everett 1950).

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Slopes and meadows

Annual Precipitation: 8.6" - 113.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.30" - 3.92", Coldest Month: 17.9" - 49.6", Hottest Month: 37.9" - 74.8", Humidity: 0.70" - 21.43", Elevation: 178" - 14460"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Sierra Penstemon

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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