Penstemon procerus (littleflower penstemon)

General

Perennial forb or subshrub that produces erect stems, 2-12 inches in height.

Leaves

Oval to lance shaped. Dense basal leaves have short petioles while stem leaves are clasping.

Flowers

Blue-purple petals are fused to form a tube, ¼ – ½ inch long. Flowers are arranged in clusters on top of stems. The plants are sometimes called “beard-tongues” due to hairy “throats” and “lower lips” of the flowers.

Bloom

June to August.

Ecology

Found in dry, sandy banks, gravelly ridges, open rocky slopes, grassy hillsides, dry meadows, and open woods. Fairly common at middle to high elevations.

Pollinators

Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. This species attracts many bumble bee and mason bee species including the Penstemon specialist, Osmia brevis, widely documented in Oregon by Oregon Bee Atlas participants.

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