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Penstemon barbatus

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Plantaginaceae
Scientific name  Penstemon barbatus
Rank  Species
Order  Lamiales
Genus  Penstemon
Higher classification  Beardtongue
Penstemon barbatus SEINet Arizona Chapter Penstemon barbatus
Similar  Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis, Penstemon strictus, Penstemon hartwegii, Penstemon hirsutus

Penstemon barbatus, known by the common names golden-beard penstemon, and beardlip penstemon, is a flowering plant native to the western United States. In Spanish-speaking New Mexico and southern Colorado, it is called varita de San Jose – "St. Joseph's staff."

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The plant has spikes of clustered, tubular, scarlet blossoms with yellow hairs on their lower lip; the flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds. It is commonly grown in Xeriscape and conventional gardens, and several cultivars of different colors have been developed.

Penstemon barbatus Penstemon barbatus beardlip beardtongue Go Botany

The late-summer flowering of Penstemon barbatus coincides with the southern migration of the Rufous hummingbird, and the hummingbirds use the Scarlet buglers as "filling stations" for their long trip south.

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The Zuni people rub the chewed root of the torreyi subspecies over the rabbit stick to insure success in the hunt.

Penstemon barbatus Penstemon barbatus Scarlet bugler NPIN
Penstemon barbatus Penstemon barbatus Beardlip Penstemon Southwestern Penstemon


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