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Cleveland's Beardtongue
Penstemon clevelandii
  
About Cleveland's Beardtongue (Penstemon clevelandii) 3 Nurseries Carry This Plant Penstemon clevelandii is a species in the Plantaginaceae (Plantain) family known by the common name Cleveland's Beardtongue. It is native to southern California and Baja California, where it grows in mountain and desert habitat such as scrub, woodland, and chaparral. It is found primarily on the eastern slope of the Peninsular Range. It is a perennial herb with upright, branching stems 70 centimeters in maximum height. The thick leaves are oval in shape, sometimes toothed, 2-6 centimeters in length, and sometimes clasping or encircling the stem. The flower cluster produces tubular flowers with expanded, lipped mouths. The flower is pink to magenta in color, up to 2.4 centimeters in length, and somewhat hairy on the outer surface. The flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Overall this is a very attractive, hardy plant for inland southern gardens.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
1 - 2.3 ft tall
1.5 ft wide

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds and butterflies. Species in the Penstemon genus are host plant to the Chalcedon Checkerspot, Common Buckeye, and Arachne Checkerspot butterflies

 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 25° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
prefers fast draining soil such as sand or decomposed granite. Soil PH: 6.5 - 7.5

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

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other plants of hot inland valleys or Desert transition, including Indian Mallow (Abutilon palmeri), Copperleaf (Acalypha californica), Desert Agave (Agave deserti), Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos spl.), Parish's Viguiera (Bahiopsis parishii), Ceanothus sp., Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata), Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) and various cactus species

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky hillsides, rock crevices, arid inland valleys between 1,000 and 7,000 ft.

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 2.7" - 25.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.25" - 2.83", Coldest Month: 38.5" - 59.2", Hottest Month: 60.8" - 88.5", Humidity: 1.42" - 39.01", Elevation: -121" - 8079"


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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