Penstemon eriantherus
crested tongue penstemon, fuzzy penstemon
WTU specimens
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Distribution: Southeast British Columbia, central Washington and central Oregon, east to North Dakota and Nebraska.

Habitat: Dry, open places in the valleys, plains and foothills, sometimes ascending to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May - July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from a branched, woody base, the several stems 1-4 dm. tall; inflorescence with stalked glands, the rest of the plant usually grey-puberulent.


Leaves opposite, entire or with a few teeth, up to 13 cm. long and 2 cm. wide.


Inflorescence of several verticillasters; calyx elongate, 7-13 mm. long, the 5 segments narrowly lanceolate, wholly herbaceous; corolla covered with stalked glands, lavender to reddish-purple or deep bluish-purple, 2-4 cm. long, inflated, 6-14 mm. wide at the mouth, the lower lip the longer; raised portion of the lower lip strongly bearded; pollen sacs glabrous, 1.1-1.8 mm. long, wholly dehiscent, becoming opposite; staminode exerted, the tip slightly expanded, long-bearded most of its length; ovary glandular-puberulent near the tip.


Capsule 7-12 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Penstemon eriantherus Pursh

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. eriantherus – crested tongue penstemon, fuzzy penstemon
var. whitedii – crested tongue penstemon, fuzzy penstemon
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Penstemon eriantherus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Penstemon eriantherus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Penstemon eriantherus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Penstemon eriantherus photos.

USDA Plants: Penstemon eriantherus information.

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