Penstemon laxiflorus

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Scientific Name Penstemon laxiflorus (Penstemon australis ssp. laxiflorus) USDA PLANTS Symbol
PELA10
Common Name Nodding Beardtongue, Loose-flowered Penstemon ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
33934
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Pastures, prairies, open woodlands; sandy or gravelly soils.
Plant: Erect to leaning perennial, 12 to 24 inches tall; very fine, minute hairs on stem, upper portion may be branched.
Leaves: Narrowly-lanceolate, 1/1/4 to 3-1/2 inches long; teeth along edges, clasping.
Inflorescence: Long-stalked widely-branched panicles of a few tubular flowers, each 3/4 to 1-1/4 inches long, white to pale-pink petals with lavender veins united at base with upper lip 2-lobed, lower lip 3-lobed; conspicuous, dense yellow hairs on staminode.
Bloom period: March to June.
References: Descr. adapted from "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
Texas Status
Native

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