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Bluestem Penstemon

Penstemon cyanocaulis

Description:

Bluestem penstemon is a cool-season, short-lived perennial forb, 8” to 1.5’ (2 to 4.5 decimeters) tall, with showy blue flowers. One to several stems arise from a short-branched woody caudex (woody base of an otherwise herbaceous perennial). Stems are glabrous and ascending to erect. Leaves are opposite, mostly basal, and commonly wavy-margined

Habitat:

desert shrub and pinyon-juniper communities; mostly in sandy soil. Native to the Western US

Notes:

Common Alternate Names: Payson penstemon, dusty penstemon, bluestem penstemon, bluestem beardtongue, dusty beardtongue. Spotted on the primitive trail Devils Garden in Arches National PArk

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RedRock
RedRock 3 years ago

Lovely color.
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Lat: 38.73, Long: -109.56

Spotted on May 2, 2015
Submitted on May 3, 2015

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