Bluestem penstemon facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBluestem penstemon
Penstemon cyanocaulis, the bluestem penstemon or bluestem beardtongue, is a perennial plant in the plantain family (Plantaginaceae) found in the Colorado Plateau and Canyonlands region of the southwestern United States.
It is a perennial plant growing 10 to 22 inches (25 to 56 cm) tall.
Leaves and stems
Stems are smooth with narrow inversely lanceolate 1 to 6 inches (2.5 to 15.2 cm) leaves.
Inflorescence and fruit
It blooms from April to July. Dense clusters of tubular, two lipped, 1 to 6 inches (2.5 to 15.2 cm) long, blue to lavender-blue flowers are on elongations of the stem stalks.
Fruits are woody capsules.
Habitat and range
Ecological and human interactions
"Cyan" + "caul" means "blue" + "stem", referring to the stem color.
It is pollinated by bees and other insects.
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