|Scientific Name||Penstemon crandallii ssp. crandallii||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PECRC|
|Common Name||Crandall's Penstemon, Crandall's Beardtongue||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||33858|
|Family||Plantaginaceae (Plantain) formerly Scrophulariaceae||SEINet
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6000 to 11000 ft); open, dry slopes and meadows.
Plant: Short perennial growing in spreading mats less than 6-1/2 inches tall with flowering, ascending stems sprawling along the ground.
Leaves: Ascending/upright, narrowly oblanceolate to spatulate 3/8 to 1-1/8 inches long; no obvious petiole; smooth to minutely hairy.
Inflorescence: Flowers in crowded clusters atop the stem, tending to be on one side; each 5-lobed corolla 1/2 to 3/4-inch long, light to dark blue and covered with glandular hairs externally; lower lobes somewhat hairy internally, yellow hairs; staminode (unfertile stamen in center of blossom) covered with golden-yellow hairs; and anthers smooth; calyx ~1/4-inch long and covered with glandular hairs.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams and SW Colorado Wildflowers.
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