Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_murrayanus
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Peltanthera Havardiani
GeneralMurray’s Penstemon. Blooms: April to May.
AntherBright green on red filament, well exserted, moderately spreading cells, opening wide.
StaminodeRed, bare, included, coiled at tip.
LeavesLower leaves distinct, to 10 cm (4”) long & 1/3 as wide, sometimes with purple margins; entire but leaves rarely slightly toothed, Upper leaf-disk cup-like, to 6 cm (2 ¼”) long & as wide, most stem leaves & bracts connate (merged around stem), deep blue-green.
StemsPlant 3-10 dm (12-40”) tall, herbage blue-green, glabrous and glaucous, plant oddly colored, lower stem purple; topmost stem & bracts sometimes yellow-green.
InflorescenseLeafy, not distinct from leafy stem, very long, opening new flowers as it elongates, blooms a long time, cyme short, 1-3 flowered, often hidden in bracts (first branch of cyme sometimes wanting).
Corolla20-35 mm (3/4-1 3/8”) long, lobes small size, coral red with occasional pale pink sports, expanded gradually, slightly, narrowed at lip, upper lobes project, lower often reflex; lip not bearded; bud yellow-green.
Flower Color
Calyx4-6 mm (1/4”) long.
HabitatSandy soil in pine woods and open prairies, tolerates summer water, low elevations.
RangeEastern TX, nearby LA, Ozarks of AR & OK.