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Shrubby Beardtongue - Penstemon fruticosus

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

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General Description
Stems sterile and fertile, woody, erect to ascending, 15–30 cm. Herbage glabrous to puberulent on the stems. Leaves all cauline, clustered near the base; lower leaves and those of sterile stems petiolate with elliptic, mostly entire blades 1–6 cm long; those of fertile stems sessile, elliptic, mostly entire. Inflorescence a few- to several-flowered, glandular-pubescent bracteate raceme. Flowers: calyx 6–10 mm long; sepals lanceolate, acuminate; corolla lavender to purplish, 3–5 cm long, glabrous; anthers wooly-villous, opening across their full length. Capsule 5–12 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are variety fruticosus.

Species Range
Present
 


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 33

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Habitat
Stony, granitic soil of open forest, outcrops, talus slopes; montane, lower subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

References
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    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Strickler, D. 1997. Northwest penstemons. Flower Press, Columbia Falls, Montana. 191 pages.
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