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Penstemon harbourii

This is a native species.

Penstemon harbourii

Penstemon harbourii (Harbour's Penstemon, Harbour's Beardtongue)
Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Alpine. Scree. Summer.
Cross Mountain Trail, July 2, 2004 and July 15, 2013.

The plant pictured above and at top left is about two feet in diameter and each flower corolla is nearly an inch long. It was difficult to get to this beauty stretched out on a steeply sloping scree slope at 12,000 feet.

The second photograph at left shows a very young plant establishing itself.

Leaves of P. harbourii are about the length of the flower, light green, often red-bordered, and wedge-shaped.  Buds are in tight, wine-colored cylinders.

J. P. Harbour collected plants in the summer of 1862 in Colorado with his friend Elihu Hall under the guidance of famed botanist Charles Parry, "King of Colorado Botany". (More biographical information about Harbour.)

Penstemon harbourii

Penstemon harbourii (Harbour's Penstemon, Harbour's Beardtongue)
Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Alpine. Scree. Summer.
Cross Mountain Trail, July 2, 2004 and July 15, 2013.

Flower color can vary through shades of blue-purples and pinks. Note the glandular exterior of the corolla, the very light interior of the corolla, and the very hairy-tipped sterile stamen (the staminode).

                                      Penstemon harbourii

 

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Penstemon harbourii