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Gaping Keckiella
Keckiella breviflora
About Gaping Keckiella (Keckiella breviflora) Nurseries Show All Photos Keckiella breviflora (formerly Penstemon breviflorus) is a species of flowering shrub in the Plantagnaceae (Plantain) family known by the common name Gaping Keckiella. It is native to many of the mountain ranges and foothills of central California, and its range extends just into Nevada. This is a branching, bushy shrub with many thin stems, approaching a maximum height near two meters. Its shiny green leaves are arranged oppositely on the branches, and each is one to four centimeters long, generally lance-shaped and finely serrated or smooth along the edges. The shrub produces tall flower clusters which are loose, hairy spikes of flowers. Each flower is one to two centimeters wide with five pale pink or pinkish-streaked white lobes whose external surfaces have long, shiny hairs. The three lower lobes curl outward from the mouth and under, and the two upper lobes are joined into a lip that curves forward over the mouth. Within the mouth are long stamen filaments bearing anthers, and a flat, hairless, sterile stamen called a staminode.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3.5 - 7 ft (1.1 - 2.1 m)

Max. Width
7 ft (2.1 m)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky slopes of the Coast Ranges and Sierras up to 7,000 ft.

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
23' - 10807'

Annual Precip. ?
6.1" - 78.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.70"

Coldest Month ?
24.0° F - 52.5° F

Hottest Month ?
46.6° F - 77.8° F

Humidity ?
0.32 vpd - 29.07 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils as long as adequate drainage is provided

Soil PH
5.3 - 6.9


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to -10° F

Wildlife Attracted
Insects are attracted to the flowers. The Keckiella genus is host plant to the Common Buckeye butterfly.

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Max. Summer Water ?
2x/month, 3x/month
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Deer Resistant, Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Penstemon brevifolius

Common Names
Bush Beardtongue, Rothrock's Keckiella, Rothrock's 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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