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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Penstemon ophianthus - coiled anther penstemon

Synonyms: Penstemon jamesii
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Scrophulariaceae

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Basal leaves
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Basal leaves
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Leaves and flowers
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Plant - spring
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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Stems are erect but few; similar to Penstemon jamesii but much shorter.
Identification notes: Narrow leaves, some obscurely toothed; corolla lavender to violet and glandular, lower petals bent abruptly downward.
Height: 8 inches


Habitat Description: Dry, sandy, gravelly areas, pinyon-juniper pines.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 1500 - 4500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Light purple to bluish-purple     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: Grows only on one side of stem; about 1/2 inch long with a densely hairy throat and tongue. Tongue extends from throat.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dull green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Basal and opposite     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: Stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Many narrow lance-shaped; about 2 inches long; can have smooth, wavy or toothed edges.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Seed Notes: Ovate; about 1/8 inch long.

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