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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Penstemon murrayanus Hook.
Scarlet beardtongue, Red penstemon, Cupleaf beardtongue, Cupleaf Penstemon, Scarlet Penstemon, Beard tongue
USDA Symbol: pemu2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Cupped, pale blue-green leaves surround the erect, reddish, 2-6 ft. stems of scarlet beardtongue. Scarlet, tubular, unevenly 5-lobed flowers in stalked clusters, rise in pairs from upper leaf axils.
This is considered a valuable hummingbird flower.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Venation: Pinnate Flower:
Flowers 1 inch long Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
AR , LA , OK , TX Native Distribution:
E. TX & adjacent parts of OK, AR & LA Native Habitat:
Woodlands edge, Opening, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Various well-drained soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Showy, Blooms ornamental Use Wildlife:
A valuable hummingbird flower. Nectar-hummingbirds Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is best with cold-moist stratification.
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1183
Collected 2012-07-25 in Anderson County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2009-06-21
Research By: TWC Staff