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Rock Beardtongue
Penstemon rupicola
About Rock Beardtongue (Penstemon rupicola) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Penstemon rupicola is a species of penstemon known by the common name cliff beardtongue. It is native to the west coast of the United States from Washington to the Klamath Mountains of far northern California, where it grows in rocky mountainous habitat. It is a clumpy, mat-forming subshrub growing no more than 14 centimeters high. The thick, waxy, oppositely arranged leaves are round or oval and up to 2 centimeters long. The showy wide-mouthed tubular flowers emerging from the mat may be nearly 4 centimeters in length and are shades of light purple to bright pink.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.9 - 6 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Shade, Part Shade

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

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky slopes and outcrops

Annual Precipitation: 40.4" - 158.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.98" - 6.01", Coldest Month: 24.3" - 42.8", Hottest Month: 47.8" - 65.0", Humidity: 1.28" - 17.76", Elevation: 2696" - 10718"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Cliff 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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