Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_wrightii
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Peltanthera Centranthifolii
GeneralThe Texas Rose Penstemon or Wright’s Penstemon. Blooms: April to June.
AntherRed, maroon, open wide, but not explanate (flat).
StaminodeShort, retrorse (backward pointing), golden beard ½ its length, included.
LeavesBroad lower ones to 8 cm (3”) long; upper leaves to 6 cm (2 ¼”) long; ½ as wide as long, bracts to 3 cm (1”) long and ¾ as wide, ovate, very broad, glabrous and glaucous, entire, ovate, sometimes mucronate (sharp tipped) and clasping around stem, rarely slightly toothed.
StemsLeafy, at least 6-9 dm (2-3”’) tall, herbage usually green, slightly glaucous, plant survives only to 10 degrees.
InflorescenseLeafy, long, narrow, interrupted similar to P. superbus, but fewer flowered, cyme usually 1-2 cm (to ¾”) long, 2-4, sometimes 6-flowered.
Corolla12-20 mm (1/2-3/4”) long, pink to carmine, expanded to wide mouth, large, bilabiate lips with rounded, overlapping lobes.
Flower Colorred
Calyx3-5 mm (1/8”) long.
HabitatLimy soils of grasslands, “bars and shingles of steams” (Pennell, 1940) at low elevations.
RangeNorth of Big Bend National Park to the Davis Mountains, West TX.