Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_australis
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Penstemon Penstemon
GeneralSouthern Penstemon Blooms: Late March to June.
AntherExserted from orifice, but hidden in upper lip, spreading widely, opening narrowly.
StaminodeDensely golden bearded most of length with tuft at tip, exserted from orifice.
LeavesToothed basal leaves lanceolate, 5 cm (2) long & as wide, stemless toothed upper leaves 1 dm (4) & 1/7 as wide, or vary to 2 dm (8) long and 1/5 as wide.
Stems4-6 dm (16-24) tall, up to a dozen stems, profuse bloomer.
InflorescenseCyme: 2-6 cm (3/4-2 ) long, 2-5 flowered, in narrow panicles.
CorollaSmall, 15-20 mm (1/2-3/4) long, white, pink-lavender, pink-purple, or red-purple, tubular, expanded narrowly; mouth opens narrowly with small lips, lower lips white, projecting with guidelines joined at outer ends.
Flower Color
Calyx4-5 mm (<1/4) long; sepals oblong with sharp tip.
HabitatSandy soil, in coastal pine barrens at low elevations; inland leaves are braoder.
RangeFL, Alabama north into Virginia, and ne to VT.