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California Beardtongue
Penstemon californicus
About California Beardtongue (Penstemon californicus) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Penstemon californicus is a species of penstemon known by the common name California penstemon. It is native to Baja California and is also known from fewer than 20 occurrences in California, mainly in Orange and Riverside Counties. It grows in the forest and woodland habitat of the Peninsular Ranges and nearby slopes. This is a perennial herb with many spreading or upright branches 30 centimeters in maximum height. The leaves are no more than 1. 5 centimeters long with linear or lance-shaped blades borne on petioles. The inflorescence produces tubular flowers between 1 and 2 centimeters long, purple to blue in color with dark-striped white throats containing hairy staminodes.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

4 - 11.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Blue

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 7 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information

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

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 14.8" - 34.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.98" - 2.71", Coldest Month: 40.1" - 46.4", Hottest Month: 61.5" - 79.3", Humidity: 3.22" - 28.47", Elevation: 1960" - 7490"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California 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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