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Alberta Beardtongue - Penstemon albertinus
Other Names:  Penstemon caelestinus

Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S4S5
(see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Very numerous collections from 15 counties.
General Description
Stems ascending to erect, 10–40 cm. Herbage glabrous. Basal leaf blades lanceolate to narrowly ovate, entire to weakly serrate, 1–4 cm long. Stem leaves narrowly lanceolate to oblanceolate, entire to weakly serrate, 15–45 mm long. Inflorescence with 3 to 8 open verticillasters, glabrous to weakly glandular. Flowers: calyx 3–5 mm long; sepals ovate, acute to acuminate, barely scarious-margined; corolla blue, 12–18 mm long, glabrous to glandular; anthers glabrous, opening across their full length. Capsule 3–6 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Diagnostic Characteristics
Similar to Penstemon wilcoxii, but with the leaves are less prominently toothed, more mat-forming and with a narrower inflorescence. Numerous populations intergrade between these two species.

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
BC, AB, ID and MT (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 186

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Grasslands, rock outcrops, dry, open forest; valleys to lower subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Johnson, T. W. 1982. An analysis of pack and saddle stock grazing areas in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. M.Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 105 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Martinka, R.R. 1970. Structural characteristics and ecological relationships of male blue grouse (Dendragapus obscurus (Say)) territories in southwestern Montana. Ph.D Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 73 p.
    • Strickler, D. 1997. Northwest penstemons. Flower Press, Columbia Falls, Montana. 191 pages.
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