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Lemmon Beardtongue
Keckiella lemmonii
About Lemmon Beardtongue (Keckiella lemmonii) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Keckiella lemmonii (formerly Penstemon lemmonii) is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family known by the common name Lemmon's keckiella. It is native to Oregon and northern California, where it grows in the coniferous forests and chaparral of coastal and inland mountain ranges. Its range may extend just into Nevada in the High Sierra. This is a small shrub with long, narrow, mostly unbranched stems reaching maximum heights near 1.5 meters. Oval-shaped, slightly toothed green leaves are arranged oppositely along the stems. Each leaf is up to about 6 centimeters long. The flower is dull purple and streaked with purple-brown. Pointed lobes curl away from the mouth of the flower, revealing a hairy yellow sterile stamen known as a staminode. The flower is up to 2 centimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

1.6 - 5 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Purple, Brown

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL
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Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade


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

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4, 5, 6, 7*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky slopes

Annual Precipitation: 4.1" - 125.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.22" - 4.23", Coldest Month: 28.0" - 56.7", Hottest Month: 52.0" - 85.8", Humidity: 0.09" - 36.93", Elevation: 42" - 7560"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Bush Beardtongue, Lemmon's Keckiella

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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