Penstemon whippleanus

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Scientific Name Penstemon whippleanus USDA PLANTS Symbol
PEWH
Common Name Dusky Beardtongue, Whipple's Penstemon ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
33793
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain) formerly Scrophulariaceae SEINet
Reference
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine. Open, dry areas such as clearings, meadows, talus slopes, etc.
Plant: Erect perennial with multiple, leafy stems up to 2 feet tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves ovate to elliptic with petioles (stalks); stem leave sessile (no stalks), oblong to lanceolate, smooth edges, and arranged in opposite pairs, about 3 inches long, sometimes longer.
Inflorescence: Clusters of usually dark purple blossoms atop and along stem, arranged in a ring and pointing slightly downward; also occurs in red-violet, lilac and bi-colored lilac, off-white and white.
References: "The Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard W. Scott and www.americansouthwest.net.
Notes: To view the more common purple version of P. whippleanus click here.
Colorado Status
Native

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