WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

Densely leafy stems can be erect to ground hugging, mat-forming, prostrate and rooting, and reach 10-inches tall with narrow, pointed leaves. Note the blue to purplish flowers grow one side of the stem and have a whitish throat with a golden-hairy beard tongue. Foliage is hairy throughout with tiny erect of curved backwards hairs.


FLOWER: May–August. Clusters grow along one side of the stem with blue to purple, glandular-hairy, tubular flowers. The two lobes of the upper lip spread upward; the three lower lobes extend forward. The stamens are contained inside the whitish tube.


LEAVES: Opposite. Blades linear, narrow, sharp pointed, 3/8–1 3/8-inches long (10-35 mm) long; upper surfaces with fine hair (var. taoensis) or hairless (var. glabrescens).


HABITAT: Sandy, gravelly soils, mesas, meadows, disturbed areas; pinyon-juniper woodlands, ponderosa-oak, Douglas fir-spruce forests.


ELEVATION: 6,300–9,900 feet


RANGE: AZ, CO, NM, UT.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Narrowleaf Penstemon, P. linarioides, has erect stems to 12-inches tall with scattered leaves, flat-lying or scale-like hairs, and the stamens extend beyond the flower tube.


NM COUNTIES: Northern NM in mid- to high-elevation habitats: Catron, Cibola, Colfax, Grants, Hidalgo, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Taos.

CRANDALL’S  PENSTEMON

PENSTEMON CRANDALLII

Plantain Family, Plantaginaceae (formerly in Scrophulariaceae)

Perennial herb

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