Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Penstemon barbatus (Cavanilles) Roth subsp. barbatus
(Scarlet Penstemon, Southwestern Beardtongue)

Family: Plantaginaceae, formerly Scrophulariaceae

Status: Native

Chelone barbata Cavanilles

Penstemon barbatus subsp. barbatus is one of the most common middle elevation beardtongues in the Gila region. It usually has a single stem on which there are crenulate, lanceolate leaves. The flowers are bright red and dependent. It is found in canyons and among rocks.
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Penstemon barbatus subsp. barbatus, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Wild Horse Spring, June 12, 2005

Penstemon barbatus subsp. barbatus, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Burro Mtns., CF Canyon, June 5, 2007

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