Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_cardwellii
ClassificationPenstemon Dasanthera
GeneralCardwell’s Penstemon. Blooms May to July or early August above 4500’.
AntherWoolly-hairy, becoming opposite and explanate (opened flat).
StaminodeVery slender, short, included in corolla and sparsely yellow-bearded w/rather long hairs.
LeavesBasal leaves 1.5-4 cm (5/8-1 ˝” long w/short stems, elliptic, rounded or obtuse at end, smooth or finely serrate on edges, hairless; floral stem leaves much smaller, but glabrous, broad and stemless.
StemsShrubby at base, 1-3 dm (4-12”) long, lax and somewhat mat-forming, sometimes rooting by layering; flowering stems 1-2 dm (4-8”) long, hairless below the floral stem.
InflorescenseNormally a crowded, few-flowered raceme, sparsely glandular (sticky).
Flower Color
Calyx7-12 mm (3/8-1/2”) long, the sepals lanceolate to ovate and tapering to acute tips.
HabitatOpenings or wooded slopes at moderate elevations in the mountains.
RangeCascade Mts of sw WA and OR, to the Coast Range in OR.