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Small-flower Beardtongue - Penstemon procerus

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Stems erect, 5–50 cm. Herbage glabrous or puberulent on the stems. Basal leaf blades oblanceolate, entire, 2–6 cm long. Stem leaves lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 1–8 cm long. Inflorescence of 2 to 4 well-separated, dense, glabrous verticillasters; bracts scarious-margined, acuminate. Flowers: calyx 3–4 mm long; sepals lanceolate, erose- and scarious-margined, acuminate; corolla blue, sometimes with a white tube, 6–10 mm long, glabrous; anthers glabrous, opening across their full length. Capsule 3–5 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are variety procerus.

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
AK to MB south to CA and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 634

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Relative Density



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

Moist meadows, grasslands, open forest; valleys to alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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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.
    • Martin, S.A. 1985. Ecology of the Rock Creek bighorn sheep herd, Beartooth Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 152 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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