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Penstemon cyananthus

Wasatch Penstemon, Blue-Anthered Penstemon, Wasatch Beardtongue

Community: Semi-Desert

Brief Description

Vivid blue native penstemon brightens the Intermountain landscape.

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  • Bright Blue Blooms
  • Likes Poor Soils
  • Minimal Care Needed
  • Glossy Dark Leaves

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Plant Description and Details

The royal blue trumpets of the Wasatch Penstemon can be found on the foothills and mountains of the Wasatch Mountain range of Utah and its range extends to SE Idaho. A low-growing basal whorl of leaves supports severalflower stalks, each holding multiple flowers in rounded bunches. The name "cyananthus" means "blue-anthered penstemon," but the flower anthers can also be green. It is almost identical to the similarly-named Penstemon cyanEUS, but it has a wider range.

Common Names Wasatch Penstemon, Blue-Anthered Penstemon, Wasatch Beardtongue
Community Semi-Desert
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant No
Native Range Gravelly, well-drained loam to sandy loam soils on hills, canyons, roadsides in UT, ID, WY and MT
Native States ID, MT, UT, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun - Shade
Placement Naturalized mass plantings on hillsides, perennial borders, grouped color "drifts" in dry meadows.
Mature Height 1 - 2 ft.
Mature Width 10 in.
Group Spacing 10-24 in.
Blossom Color Bright Blue
Blooms Summer
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 3-4 times deeply the first summer.
Wildlife Pollinators
Plants Symbol PECY2
Family Name Scrophulariaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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