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Penstemon centranthifolius

Penstemon centranthifolius (Benth.) Benth.

 

Scarlet Bugler

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyPlantaginaceaePlantains
GenusPenstemon“Beard-tongues,” a reference to flower shape
Speciescentranthifolius“Having leaves like Centranthus

About plant names...

Scarlet buglers are native to California and parts of Mexico.

Identification: Plants are 12-47" (30-120 cm) high. Leaves are thick, 1½-4" (4-10 cm) long, oval or narrow, with smooth edges. Brilliant red tubular flowers ¾-1" (2-3 cm) long adorn a purplish spike. The flowers are hummingbird-friendly. Plants flower between April and June.

Online References:

Penstemon centranthifolius on CalPhotos

Penstemon centranthifolius on Keir Morse's site, Keirosity.com

Penstemon centranthifolius at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Penstemon centranthifolius at the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association

Penstemon centranthifolius on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Penstemon centranthifolius from the Jepson Manual

Penstemon centranthifolius (Scarlet Bugler)

6/3/2009 · Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, UT
≈ 4 × 4" (10 × 10 cm)

Penstemon centranthifolius description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Penstemon centranthifolius (Scarlet Bugler)

5/21/2009 · Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)

Penstemon centranthifolius (Scarlet Bugler)

5/21/2009 · Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ
≈ 10 × 13" (24 × 33 cm)

Range: Zones 8a-10b:

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