Penstemon barbatus var. torreyi

(Torrey’s Penstemon)


Penstemon barbatus var. torreyi, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 6541


Penstemon barbatus var. torreyi, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 6548

Scientific Name Penstemon barbatus var. torreyi USDA PLANTS Symbol PEBAT
Common Name Torrey's Penstemon, Beard-lip Penstemon ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 538475
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to montane (6000 to 10000 ft); rocky or sandy soils in woodlands, meadows, roadsides and open areas.
Plant: Erect perennial with solitary or few stems up to 3 feet tall; sparse foliage.
Leaves: Sparse stem leaves are narrow, linear to lanceolate up to 6 inches long; basal leaves more ovate.
Inflorescence: Spire-like panicle of brilliant, smooth, scarlet two-lipped tubular blossoms 2 inches long; hairy lower lip divided into three lobes, and strongly reflexed (bent backwards); five stamens, one of which (staminode) is infertile and bearing a tuft of hairs.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams and American Southwest.
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