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Panamint Beardtongue
Penstemon floridus
About Panamint Beardtongue (Penstemon floridus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Penstemon floridus is a species of penstemon known by the common name Panamint beardtongue. It is native to the lower mountain and plateau areas of eastern California and western Nevada, where it grows in canyons, arroyos, and sagebrush scrub. It is a perennial herb producing erect stems sometimes exceeding one meter tall. The thick leaves are lance-shaped to oval, usually toothed and somewhat wavy, and arranged in pairs with bases clasping the stem. The hairy flower cluster produces showy flowers up to 3 centimeters long and tubular in shape with a wide throat becoming narrowed at the lipped mouth. The flowers are bright pink with darker lining inside. There are two varieties of this species. Austin's beardtongue, var. austinii, is named for Stafford Wallace Austin, collector of plants and husband of writer Mary Hunter Austin.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

2 - 4 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

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

For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Gravelly washes and canyon floors

Annual Precipitation: 4.8" - 24.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.52" - 3.31", Coldest Month: 22.4" - 51.2", Hottest Month: 45.9" - 78.1", Humidity: 1.31" - 32.65", Elevation: 1968" - 11067"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Panamint 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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