Bluestem Beardtongue

Bluestem Beardtongue Plant Information


Bluestem Beardtongue grows in the following 2 states:

Colorado, Utah

Penstemon cyanocaulis, the bluestem penstemon or bluestem beardtongue, is a perennial plant in the plantain family (Plantaginaceae) found in the Colorado Plateau and Canyonlands region of the southwestern United States.:165

It is a perennial plant growing 10 to 22 inches (25 to 56cm) tall.:165
Stems are smooth with narrow inversely lanceolate 1 to 6 inches (2.5 to 15.2cm) leaves.:165
It blooms from April to July.:165 Dense clusters of tubular, two lipped, 1 to 6 inches (2.5 to 15.2cm) long, blue to lavender-blue flowers are on elongations of the stem stalks.:165
Fruits are woody capsules.:165
It can be found in blackbrush scrub, pinyon juniper woodland, and mountain bush communities to 7,200 feet (2,200m) in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah.:165
"Cayan" + "caul" means "blue" + "stem", referrig to the stem color.:165
It is pollinated by bees and other insects.:165

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